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Old 10-13-2012, 06:19 AM   #1
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Installing Ubuntu 11.10 onto 2nd hdd


Hi
I am getting very interested in Linux and have elected to install ubuntu 11.10 onto a second HDD already installed in my home PC which is a windows 7/XP based dual boot system.
My two O.S. are installed on a partitioned 500Gb sata drive, I have a spare IDE 80Gb installed on the IDE channel which I used for backups, I have now formatted it from win7. I have downloaded and burnt the live Ubuntu 11.10 cd. I have tried installing via the ubuntu cd but when I get to the "installation type box" error message "no boot file system is denied" please correct this from the partition menu.
This is were I struggle.
What I need is an idiot's guide really on how to do this with the end result a triple boot system.
My system is
AMD 4 core cpu, Asus MB, 4 gig ram, two HDD 500gb sata, 80 gig IDE,

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Brian

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Old 10-13-2012, 06:33 AM   #2
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(Aside: why not Ubuntu 12.04 which has been out for a while?)

Have you been able to boot "Live" Ubuntu from the CD? ie without installing anything to hard drives. This can be helpful to test compatibility with your hardware.

Can you run the option "check disc for errors" or something like that from the CD boot menu? Burn errors (or download errors) do occasionally get into burned CDs.

What you're trying to do should work, but I don't think I know of an idiot's guide that addresses two separate physical drives. Might need to see the details of the disk layout ... but that can wait.

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when I get to the "installation type box" error message "no boot file system is denied" please correct this from the partition menu.
This doesn't sound like a complete sentence ... what is the exact wording of the error message? Post a screenshot if you feel like it.
 
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:43 AM   #3
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hi,
thanks for the reply,
Yes I can boot from the live cd, and I made a mistake in the error message it should read "No root file system is defined, please correct this from the partitioning menu".
I am thinking that I only formatted this 2nd drive I did not partition it, could be this is were I am going wrong have I wrongly thought this is all done within the Ubuntu setup? AS I said I am completely new to Linux.
regards

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:57 PM   #4
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Another aside: How familiar are you with Linux? A good starting place for learning is to install it in a virtual machine, like VMware or Oracle VirtualBox.

As I said I can't see any tutorials with screenshots of the partitioning stage of installation with two drives. But what you want to do is this:

Choose "specify partitions manually (advanced)" or whatever the option is now called.

You should see both drives in the partitioning dialogue. Make sure you select the 80gb one - it will probably be called sdb.

You want to create a new ext4 (or ext3) partition on it and (probably, but not essential) a swap partition of 4 - 6 gb. That means deleting any partitions on the drive created by windows (unless there's data on there you want to save, in which case stop and give details), creating a new partition using almost all the drive (leaving some space for swap), formatting it as ext4, and mounting it as / (root), then a second partition formatted as swap (this one doesn't need to be mounted). The options for deleting and creating partitions, choosing the formatting file system, and choosing the mount point should all be obvious and self-explanatory from the partitioning dialogue.

As long as you have a partition mounted as / you should avoid that error message.

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If anything does not look I have described, another option is to unplug the 500gb drive and install Ubuntu on the 80gb as if it were the only OS (which is obviously easier for it). You won't get a triple boot system this way except via selecting the boot hard drive in the bios, but the boot loader can be installed later on.
 
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:30 AM   #5
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Hi secretcode
Thanks for your reply, when I last attempted to install onto a spare drive it did not turn out as expected I lost the drive meaning it just disappeared from the bios,having swapped around / removed HDD's from my system trying to workout why I still can't figure out why. Having again tried to get Ubuntu installed as in Original post and getting advice from these forums I am getting some idea(I think) what I may have done / doing wrong. Each time I have tried to install I have just formatted the old drives nothing else no partitions, no mount points which are still a bit of a mystery to me, so this is what I want to know " how do I prepare my Hdd for this Ubuntu installation".
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:52 AM   #6
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My two O.S. are installed on a partitioned 500Gb sata drive, I have a spare IDE 80Gb installed on the IDE channel which I used for backups, I have now formatted it from win7.
You didn't need to format, just create unallocated space.
 
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