Originally Posted by cferenc
... I would like to clean all ubuntu install, get back win xp access, put ubuntu on second hard drive, just I do not know yet how. that is why I need help.
First, we need to know exactly what you currently have installed on your 2 hard drives.
Boot up the Ubuntu live CD, open a terminal, and post the output of:
This will list the partitions on your hard drives as well as what file system is on each partition.
Second, we need to get some idea of where the grub
boot loader is installed and what operating systems grub can see on your hard drives. So using the Ubuntu live CD please download and run the bootinfo
script and post the output here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/
Here is an explanation on how to use the bootinfo script: http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
Hopefully Windows XP is still installed on (I would assume) the first hard drive on your computer. For simplicity, and in order to avoid problems, Windows XP should be installed on the first primary
partition on the first hard drive. Ubuntu can be installed on either hard drive. Linux operating systems can be installed to primary or logical partitions.
So as long as XP is still there we can simply delete all of the Ubuntu installs you have done. Then we can ideally create 3 partitions for Ubuntu. We need a root partition of about 10-20GB for the Ubuntu operating system. We need a swap partition which can be 1GB. Swap is analogous to virtual memory on
Windows XP. Then ideally we should have a separate home partition for all of our user specific settings as well as all of our data.
When installing Ubuntu we need to select manual
partitioning for this so we can create partitions of the exact sizes that we need.
See this tutorial on partitioning Ubuntu with a separate home partition: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installseparatehome
EDIT: I was composing this post during the time when Yancec and Tobi posted here. So I did not see their posts before I posted this answer. In any case, the info I posted here is still relevant.