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I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I have Windows on an SSD but it's running out of space. Could I install Ubuntu on my other hard drive? Or could I reinstall Windows on my other hard drive without erasing everything on the SSD?
 
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I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I have Windows on an SSD but it's running out of space. Could I install Ubuntu on my other hard drive?
Yes you can, and from what I've seen Ubuntu seems to be very good at detecting OSes for grub even on other HDDs.

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Or could I reinstall Windows on my other hard drive without erasing everything on the SSD?
Depends on what everything is. If you mean installed programs, then no. There are ways you could just clone windows to the other disk, but I wouldn't recommend that option
If you mean data such as documents, then yes you can reinstall windows and just copy stuff over; but if you have save files from games or stuff like that, it can become a pain but is still possible.

I'd recommend just installing Ubuntu on the other disk.
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