Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-16-2008, 10:28 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2008
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
How to install UBUNTU on second SATA hard drive?

I am totally new to linux world and know nothing about it.
I have laptop with two SATA hard drive (which I can to boot from either one). So I do not need to install any boot loader.

I tried to install ubuntu on second hard drive with automatic partitioning and it did not work.

Could some body please help me step by step with how to install ubuntu on second SATA drive without touching the first hard drive which contains vista.
Old 07-16-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2001
Location: Fargo, ND
Distribution: SuSE AMD64
Posts: 15,733

Rep: Reputation: 680Reputation: 680Reputation: 680Reputation: 680Reputation: 680Reputation: 680

This link may help you out. You can use the ntldr to chainload linux just like you did in XP. There isn't a boot.ini file by default, but you can create one and vista will use it. So you can follow the instructions on this link:

When you install Ubuntu, create the boot loader on the mbr of the 2nd disk or on your root partition (/) of the second disk. Also, don't format the disk before the installation, so that Vista will ignore it for the present. Let the installer do the partitioning and formating.

If you have had only one disk, it would be best to let vista reduce the size of the disk. Unfortunately Vista is very greedy for disk space. I just got a new laptop with vista pre-installed. I don't see many of the problems others are complaining about (like UAC) but when I went to reduce the size of the 200GB disk, Vista could only spare 80GB!. It might be very optimistic about restore points, maybe.

Last edited by jschiwal; 07-16-2008 at 11:36 PM.


boot, from, sata, second

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
install xp on ide drive, ubuntu on sata drive abrahammer Ubuntu 5 07-29-2007 11:57 PM
How to install Linux on seagate SATA hard drive Ravinder Singh Linux - Hardware 8 03-18-2007 04:15 PM
I'm unable to install Slackware 10 in a SATA Hard Drive christian_delaf Slackware - Installation 8 01-05-2005 11:11 AM
Anyone tried to Install FC2 on a SATA hard drive john_drayton Fedora 0 10-01-2004 04:19 AM
Install Mandrake 10 off SATA Hard Drive? baked Linux - Hardware 0 06-28-2004 05:26 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:41 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration