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Old 12-31-2008, 04:15 PM   #1
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I want to install Ubuntu 8.1 on a box that is already a dual boot machine...


I recently burned a copy of 8.1 to a cd and I want to install it. My current box has 2 HD's with XP home on one drive and XP Pro on the other. I eventually want to ditch the XP Home (after I get all 162 gigs of data out of it) and run Ubuntu on that drive. When my machine boots up now it asks do you want to go to Pro or Home. If I install Unbuntu on the drive with Home on it in a seperate partition will I still have access to Pro on my D: drive? The fear of the unknown is the only thing stopping me from doing the install now because I can't afford to lose my data on Home.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 04:40 PM   #2
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If I install Unbuntu on the drive with Home on it in a seperate partition will I still have access to Pro on my D: drive?
Yes, if you do it right. You need to make sure you install Ubuntu in a separate partition. Linux has a different naming convention for drives and partitions. The drive will likely be referred to as "sda", the first partition sda1, the second partition sda2, etc...

You can use the partitioner that comes with Ubuntu, GParted to create partitions for Ubuntu. The first thing I would suggest before beginning is to defragment your windows partition. If you have the Ubuntu CD, put it in the drive and after it loads, look for a terminal/konsole and enter the command "sudo fdisk -l" to get partition information so that you will know how Ubuntu installer names your windows partition. This usually works pretty well and after a complete installation you will be able to boot Ubuntu and your windows partitions.

You can also modify your boot.ini file in windows to boot Ubuntu from xp.
Probably a good idea to post the results of the fdisk -l command to get more input.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 04:41 PM   #3
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If I install Unbuntu on the drive with Home on it in a seperate partition will I still have access to Pro on my D: drive?
Yes, but it may no longer be called the D: drive. Windows labels partitions in the order that it finds them so where your new partition fits into the partition sequence may cause a reordering of Windows' partition names.

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Old 12-31-2008, 04:53 PM   #4
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you will have access to your D: drive and the data won't be erased at install, until you specifically tell this to installer.

to resize your Home partition use some windows software, maybe easeus partition manager home. free, relatively safe and capable of resizing. linux tools sometimes don't support resizing windows partitions well, so better use native tools. remember to defrag your Home partiton before.
when you have resized XP Home partition, boot into Ubuntu livecd and partition the disk before install. the guide is available here
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//BTW. it's "Ubuntu" not "Unbuntu"

Last edited by xc1024; 12-31-2008 at 05:56 PM.
 
Old 12-31-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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thanks guys for the info, I'll give this the old college go probably this weekend, I'm quite sure I'll be back with more questions! ;-)
 
Old 01-01-2009, 10:59 PM   #6
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xc1024 sorry about the typo, thats what I get for trying to type faster than I can think. Change 2000, I forgot the motherboard in this new box I got has 4 SATA plugs so I'm just gonna plug in another HD, got plenty o' room 4 it (plenty of power supply too). So I guess this will solve my partition problem, just got to make sure that I get to choose which drive to boot to during startup...
 
  


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