I have a laptop that i use for remote recording. the laptop has in internal drive and an external firewire drive. the firewire drive is used exclusively for storing the audio files that are recorded. when
the recording is finished, i take the firewire drive back to my studio and transfer the audio files to my studio machine for further work.
the operating system has been optimized for recording (a lot of stuff is turned off) and the laptop has never been connected to the internet.
this is done both to maximize performance for recording and for security reasons.
now i want to use the laptop for regular computer stuff as well. mostly email and web surfing. however, i do not want to compromise my remote recording setup.
I came up with to possibilities. first possibility: buy a second internal drive and swap drives depending on use (not the most attractive);
my second idea is to partition the internal drive and install a new copy of XP on the second partition. this second version of XP would have a firewall and anti spam, anti spyware, etc.
will this work? can one install two copies of XP on two partitions of the same hard drive without them interfering with each other?
what pitfalls might i encounter?
how independent will these two version of XP be?
thanks for the help.