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I'm going to make this as detailed as possible to avoid errors.

I want to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 7. Right now I have an SSD with Windows 7 on it, and an HDD which is in no way connected to Windows 7, but I have some Steam games and movies kept on there. I want to install Ubuntu on a 20GB Partition on my HDD because I don't want it on my SSD. However, I still want to access my Steam games while in Windows, so I will not wipe the entire drive. I don't care about Steam games while in Ubuntu, or anything that I have on my SSD, or any of my games. I just want a 20GB partition for Ubuntu.

I want to create the partition as an EXT3 File System, but I assume that I can do this after I create a 20GB partition in Windows, in the Ubuntu installer. If I format the partition in the Ubuntu Installer (on the CD) it won't cause any data corruption on the entire drive right? I want to keep my 200GB of movies and games.

So is it really as easy as creating a partition on the HDD that is 20GB Big, formatting it with the Ubuntu Installation CD to EXT3, and installing Ubuntu on it? I will be able to decide if I want to start Windows or Ubuntu after my boot screen right?
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I would try using Wubi then you don't have to partition anything, makes it nice and easy.
Then when you boot up it will let you choose windows or ubuntu, and you can just uninstall it like any other program if you get sick of it.
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I would try using Wubi then you don't have to partition anything, makes it nice and easy.
Then when you boot up it will let you choose windows or ubuntu, and you can just uninstall it like any other program if you get sick of it.
I need a full install. I don't want to run Linux inside of Windows since I will be folding.
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Wubi is a full install. It does not run inside windows, it's just installed and uninstalled through windows. You boot to it just like when you install it. I've ran true dual boot and Wubi installs, never noticed a difference.
Also, it's really not necessary to bump your post 15 minutes after you post in it....
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You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application. Wubi is free of spyware and malware, and being open source, anyone can verify that.

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Wubi is a full install. It does not run inside windows, it's just installed through windows.
Unless its changed, then its through windows when it boots. This is more apparent on older hardware.



AT OP: Ubuntu SHOULD recognize the freespace of your ntfs formatted drive, be able to format it, and install to it while shrinking the partition with your stuff. Make sure you have your main os drive, with bootloder unplugged just in case. Some like to have all os's on the same bootloder, i prefer to have seperate, and manually select the drive at boot. I quad boot. alot. BUT, back up your personal data to avoid any problems!!!! Maybe just get a small 40gb sata drive to dedicate to linux?
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Unless its changed, then its through windows when it boots. This is more apparent on older hardware.



AT OP: Ubuntu SHOULD recognize the freespace of your ntfs formatted drive, be able to format it, and install to it while shrinking the partition with your stuff. Make sure you have your main os drive, with bootloder unplugged just in case. Some like to have all os's on the same bootloder, i prefer to have seperate, and manually select the drive at boot. I quad boot. alot. BUT, back up your personal data to avoid any problems!!!! Maybe just get a small 40gb sata drive to dedicate to linux?
I actually have a spare 2.5" drive. I was just hoping I could install on my current drive so I could use that one for something else.

Also, regarding Wubi, would that be okay if I am folding?

Also, when I unplug my Windows 7 SSD and install Ubuntu on the HDD (and then reconnect the SSD afterwards) how can I select which OS I want to boot into?
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I actually have a spare 2.5" drive. I was just hoping I could install on my current drive so I could use that one for something else.

Also, regarding Wubi, would that be okay if I am folding?

Also, when I unplug my Windows 7 SSD and install Ubuntu on the HDD (and then reconnect the SSD afterwards) how can I select which OS I want to boot into?
Should be able to, but if you have the spare drive use that, and unplug the other drives during install to keep separate bootloders.

Wubi has given me instability problems, especially on my 5200fx before linux supported it. It boots windows, shows the login screen for a moment, and then bam, ubuntu. As for stability for folding, id avoid the headache and just do it right the first time.

As for selecting the drive, for me its like f12 at post selects boot device. It'll be an "F" key for you as well, just dunno which one. Reboot your machine and see exactly.
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When I used wubi it just booted into Linux exactly like it does when it's on it's own partition. Seemed to run fine. But yeah if you have a spare drive that's almost just as easy anyways. Why exactly are you folding in linux if you're not dedicated? If you are switching back into Windows you are going to lose PPD.
You could always set-up ubuntu in a VM and fold inside there if that is the only reason you're doing it. From what I've seen that's an increase over folding SMP in windows, not sure if it's less than native linux though.
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