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Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Alternative Operating System Help' started by pajelaandrew, Aug 24, 2007.

  1. pajelaandrew

    pajelaandrew Techie7 New Member

    i have a computer running with windows xp installed onto one hard drive, i only have one. i want to buy another one and install linux onto it.
    how do i do this?

  2. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

    Are the drives all IDE or do you also have SATA ports?

    What type of Linux do you want to install?
  3. pajelaandrew

    pajelaandrew Techie7 New Member

    i only have SATA. i plan on installing ubuntu 7.04. Right now im just planning to buy a Seagate 80 gig Hard drive SATA from newegg. should i go bigger or smaller? I dont want Linux files even showing up onto my 320 gig hard drive. because i just want to learn how to use linux
  4. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

    You can go bigger for probably the same money or even less money.

    160GB drives run about the same price and sometimes less than 80GB.

    Then it is just a matter of screwing in and plugging in the drive.

    Then go to the BIOS Setup and verify the location of the drive e.g. Seagate160 = SATA 04

    Then install ubuntu to SATA 04.

    Then you can get a boot manager program or just enter the BIOS Setup and choose which hard drive to boot. XP or ubuntu.
  5. pajelaandrew

    pajelaandrew Techie7 New Member

    okay thank you. are boot manager programs free for windows? i know that macintosh has one that you can buy
  6. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

  7. pajelaandrew

    pajelaandrew Techie7 New Member

    ok bios sounds easier as well. lol. how would i access it through BIOS? would it be under SATA 4 if i installed it under there. or would there be something else?
  8. jephree

    jephree ¨*·.¸ «.·°·..·°·.» ¸.·*¨

    It depends on your particular BIOS.

    Mine for example is under:

    Advanced BIOS Features > Hard Disk Boot Priority

    Here you should see all your hard drives and choose the one to boot.
  9. pajelaandrew

    pajelaandrew Techie7 New Member

    okay, ill just look around my BIOS when i install linux, it shouldnt be too hard to find, Bios is pretty well organized
  10. Cindy.

    Cindy. Techie7 New Member

    Hi pajelaandrew :)

    Ubuntu contains all the applications you'll ever need, from word processing and email applications, to web server software and programming tools also has graphic applications, Ubuntu contains only free software applications, downloads as an ISO image to be burnt to a CD, File size 697MB, once burnt to Disk it can be run live or installed to a Hard Drive, Ubuntu has its own Boot Loader called Grub.

    I have use Ubuntu and found it very pleasant and easy to use, probably the easiest Linux to use and i would recommend it to anyone interested in trying a Linux based Operating System. Read more about Ubuntu / instructions on burning and download at > Ubuntu.Com Home Page

    Cindy X
  11. Luckyjfl

    Luckyjfl Techie7 New Member

    Hi Cindy,
    do you mind if I ask you a question, regarding the instalation of Ubuntu system. I have winxp home on a 200 gig HD, and I just partitioned it to allow 50 gig for Ubuntu. Now Ubuntu downloaded great and it is on a cd now. If I boot up using the cd as my first boot, will the ubuntu install that system straight onto my C:\ drive. Or will it give me the opportunity to install it on the 50 gig partition. You see this is my first attempt at using a Linux system and I do not want to bugger up my windows system on my Primary drive. I hope I have not gone on too lon about this.
  12. akafurious

    akafurious Techie7 New Member

    try using wubi, wubi is an unoffical ubuntu installer that installs ubuntu inside of the windows operating systen