View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dual Boot/Partition Hard Drive Uneasiness

September 23rd, 2008, 02:25 AM
I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 with Vista. I have already had to restore it to factory settings THREE TIMES becuase of problems that were unfixable. (I dont even download any music or share files in any way, all I download is the stupid Windows updates). I found out about Ubuntu just by searching for a better OS online, and I really like it and want to try it more than just from a live CD. How easy is it to install Ubuntu and keep Windows, and how easy would it be to delete either Windows or Ubuntu if I decide to keep one and not the other? I am totally new to this world of installing OS and what not so any help to get me started would be great. Thank!!

September 23rd, 2008, 02:32 AM
Setting up a dual boot is quite easy, just select manual partitioning from the install guide, and pick how big you want each OS to be. I would suggest also setting up a separate partition for /home, which is also pretty straitforward. As far as deleting ubuntu, I tried it once and it deleted fine, but I couldnt reboot the computer because of a grub error, and i didnt know how to delete grub. Deleting windows is pretty east using gparted though. Hope this was of help!:guitar:

September 23rd, 2008, 02:42 AM
Thanks for post so quick, are you reffering to the slide bar thing with the percent of how much windows is taking up and one allocated for Ubuntu? Also can I have both Vista and Ubuntu and run each seperately? (Is that what dual boot is). One more thing, sorry as I said I'm an amatuer, can I install antivirus programs such as TrenMicro on Ubuntu? Your help is very much apprieciated!!

September 23rd, 2008, 02:52 AM
How to Dual Boot Ubuntu and Vista (http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_f irst.htm). Step-by-step guide. Lots of pictures.

September 23rd, 2008, 02:52 AM
Yes, that's what a dual boot is. Running two operating systems, though not side by side. You just boot up and choose which one to load.

An anti-virus is not needed in Ubuntu, or any variation of Linux for that matter. The only reason you'd need/want one is if you are networked to Windows machines and you were paranoid of infecting the networked Windows machine.

If you MUST have "protection", I believe ClamAV is available for Ubuntu. Search for it in the repositories (Applications -> Add/Remove Programs).

September 23rd, 2008, 02:58 AM
This guide is simple and it just works for dual booting Vista and Ubuntu (just know that if you goof you could overwrite Windows and lose all your stuff, so back it up!):

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_f irst.htm?page=1

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