Should I Run a Second Operating System in a Virtual Machine or Dual Boot?

LifeHacker: Dual booting, which involves separating your drive into two sections called partitions, essentially lets you run two operating systems on one computer completely separate from one another. When you turn on your computer, you select which OS to boot into, and you boot into it as if it was the only operating system on the machine. Often you can see your files and data from the other OS, but that OS won't be running—you're running the current OS completely natively on whatever hardware you have.

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