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Old 04-08-2005, 11:00 PM   #1
Rory in Toronto
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loading Ubuntu on a separate drive


About to load Kubuntu on a separate drive from SuSE 9.2. When I've done this in the past, I've run in to problems with the OS going on to the desired drive but the bootloader overwriting the bootloader of the other OS on the other drive. With SuSE and Fedora, on install there are settings that let you confirm where the bootloader will go.

Does Ubuntu allow you to confirm where the bootloader will go during the install? I want to keep the OS's and bootloaders completely separate, only switching between them but flipping the drive that will boot in the bios.

I've looked at the OSDir screenshots of Ubuntu, but that didn't help me.

Anyone know?

Old 04-09-2005, 01:56 AM   #2
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It's been awhile since I installed Ubuntu, but I am pretty sure you can. You can manually type in where you want it to write the BL to, just like in debian install.
Old 04-09-2005, 09:20 AM   #3
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Hmm... manual type destination of bootloader.

Can anyone confirm?
Old 04-10-2005, 04:53 AM   #4
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If you disconect the drive with SUSE9.2 on it and connect the other drive and load Ubuntu on that and then have both drives connected will that get you what you want?
Old 04-10-2005, 08:41 AM   #5
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Yes, disconnecting drives is the cleanest method for this, as it ensures the bootloader can't get thrown on the other drive.

In my case, it worked out. I had SuSE 9.2 and the bootloader on my hdb drive. So, I was loading Ubuntu on the hda drive. It automatically wants to put the bootloader on the MBR of hda. So, it was fine to let it do that. Ubuntu also recognized I had SuSE 9.2 and added it to the hda bootloader, as well, which is handy.

I can confirm there was an option to reject putting the bootloader on the mbr of hda. But, I did not select 'no' so I didn't see options beyond that.


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