Create shared space for your multi-boot system
Many people set up their machines to boot up into multiple Linux distributions. This may be because they are developing software that they wish to test under different distributions, or they might just be interested in trying out new distributions and seeing what they offer. One issue that comes up is that files created while you are in one distribution aren’t easily accessible once you reboot into another one.
In this tutorial, we’ll look at the steps needed to create a shared space to store your files so that you have access to them, regardless of which distribution you boot into. In this way, you will still have a separate home directory in each installation to hold all of your application settings, along with a shared data directory that will contain all of the files that you want to have access to in all of the installations.
Step by Step
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Where to set up
You will want to create a common data area that will be accessible from all of the installed OSs on your system. This could be on an external drive, like a USB key. However, this means that you would need to make sure that this external media was plugged in any time you wanted access. A better solution would be to create a partition on the internal drive to house this data area.
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