Re: Install Ubuntu on another internal hard drive with boot loader on usb?
Yes. You can install Ubuntu on the third internal HDD (lets call it /dev/sdc, linux does not number its drives as c:, d: or g: it will number them as /dev/sda, /dev/sdb and so on). You will install Ubuntu on /dev/sdc along with Grub, Boot-loader. After that you must change the HDD BOOT ORDER in your BIOS to boot /dev/sdc first. So the HDD with Ubuntu will boot first with Grub. Grub Menu will find all the OS on your machine and will let you pick whichever you want to boot. This will keep your Windows untouched.
Originally Posted by 12padams
Yes. You can install any number of OS. And it is possible to keep the boot loader on USB. However it may cause issues if your machine changes the usb drive number to something else than what it was during boot loader install.
Boot from HDD only, avoid Boot-loader on USB. What you can do is, for Linux Distros make 15-20GB partitions and install only as "/". And ONE Grub, say from Ubuntu will manage all OS on the System. You can have a common DATA partition that you can share between different Linux.
If you intend to install 'older' Windows on the HDD too then remember Windows will NOT give you an option "where would you like to install Boot-Loader?" SO windows will install its boot loader on the first HDD, in your understanding, on c: only and not on g: as you want to. Also Windows versions earlier than Windows7 will only boot if they are installed on c: So it is not probable that you can boot older Windows flawlessly from any other partition than c:
I hope I've been clear.
Last edited by fantab; April 21st, 2013 at 05:57 AM.
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