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alright, so i have windows 7 installed on my primary hard drive, but i short stroked it, so the partition is only 50gb which is really tight to split it with ubuntu 11.04.

i want ubuntu to be on my 320gb back up drive, i just want to fool around with it and see what it has to offer. how do i do this?
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I'm not sure about your motherboard, but I can press F12 during the Power-On Self Test to access a quick boot menu where I get to temporarily choose a different boot device, such as a different hard drive.
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I'm not sure about your motherboard, but I can press F12 during the Power-On Self Test to access a quick boot menu where I get to temporarily choose a different boot device, such as a different hard drive.
but last time i installed on a separate hard drive, it messed with my win7 boot partition. let's just say, it was a big headache.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by venom55520 View Post
but last time i installed on a separate hard drive, it messed with my win7 boot partition. let's just say, it was a big headache.
Oh. Leave just the drive connected that you're installing it to, and then reconnect the other one when you're done.
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Oh. Leave just the drive connected that you're installing it to, and then reconnect the other one when you're done.
seems overly complicated, plus my keyboard doesn't work in the bios, so i have to keep getting the PS/2 keyboard from the closet every time i want to switch. and i did enable usb in the bios :/
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first off, DO NOT connect and disconnect drives often. its not like a usb. usb ~5000 or so plugs and unplugs (just a guess), whereas the sata on the drives are only designed to last ~50 plugs and unplugs. they are very fragile and anytime you plug them in or unplug them from somewhere, a significant amount of the life of the plastic is taken.

there is a VERY easy way to do this, and i have done it multiple times. yes installing ubuntu messes up your windows bootloader, so you need to either install a new one or let ubuntu install GRUB to boot with windows.

I personally hated GRUB and it is a nightmare to uninstall.

i recommend easyBCD.
finally, here is a guide to install ubuntu while using easybcd bootloader: Ubuntu - NeoSmart wiki
Edited by rocker22dallas - 4/10/11 at 6:51pm
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I have done this before and GRUB did all the work.
W7 on my primary drive and Ubuntu on my back up/ data drive.
I just told it there were multiple operating systems, installed, set my back up drive as the primary boot device.
Then GRUB will load and let you boot either.
Also when I set my W7 drive back as the primary boot device it loads straight to W7.
Hope this helps
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in my experience grub works 50% of the time while installing. the biggest thing i didn't like about it was all of the things it put on my bootloader. i disliked that i couldn't change the order of the booting options.

however, EasyBCD has always been the best bootloader application i have used. you install from within windows, so it makes everything much easier. only problem i have had was trying to use the "boot from iso" option. i have never gotten it to work
post #9 of 16
I usually just go into BIOS and switch which hard drive boots first.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by rocker22dallas View Post
first off, DO NOT connect and disconnect drives often. its not like a usb. usb ~5000 or so plugs and unplugs (just a guess), whereas the sata on the drives are only designed to last ~50 plugs and unplugs. they are very fragile and anytime you plug them in or unplug them from somewhere, a significant amount of the life of the plastic is taken.

there is a VERY easy way to do this, and i have done it multiple times. yes installing ubuntu messes up your windows bootloader, so you need to either install a new one or let ubuntu install GRUB to boot with windows.

I personally hated GRUB and it is a nightmare to uninstall.

i recommend easyBCD.
finally, here is a guide to install ubuntu while using easybcd bootloader: Ubuntu - NeoSmart wiki
I am not recommending that he disconnect or reconnect the drive every single time he wants to switch to the other operating system.
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