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Old 11-01-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Arrow Ubuntu install- should I turn off win7 drive?


I'm trying to take the plunge into ubuntu, having been skilled in linux server stuff for the past 10 years. My question:

Should I turn off the windows 7 drive while I install ubuntu (onto another drive)?

And, generally, anything else I need to know during install? Please feel free to just point me to a doc and rtfm, thanks,

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:00 PM   #2
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It depends on what you want. If you leave the windows drive on, then it will be available through grub. If not, then you will have to manually choose the boot drive through bios.

The ubuntu install is straightforward, just boot the cd and click install. If you know basic partitioning stuff there shouldn't be any trouble. The only way something can go wrong and ruin the windows install is if you mess with the windows partitions, or choose to install grub to the MBR of the windows disk and then remove ubuntu.
 
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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You could disconnect the windows drive and then run update-grub from Ubuntu after the installation with the windows disk attached. You could check out the Ubuntu site below for detailed info on the installation:

https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/instal...d64/index.html
 
Old 11-02-2012, 10:13 AM   #4
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It depends on what you want. If you leave the windows drive on, then it will be available through grub. If not, then you will have to manually choose the boot drive through bios.

The ubuntu install is straightforward, just boot the cd and click install. If you know basic partitioning stuff there shouldn't be any trouble. The only way something can go wrong and ruin the windows install is if you mess with the windows partitions, or choose to install grub to the MBR of the windows disk and then remove ubuntu.
You can safely install grub on the windows drive, but probably you dont want that if you have a separate drive. Make sure you actually install grub on the drive you want - i had once a surprise to have the grub installed to the drive i didnt expect.
 
  


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