View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dual boot with XP on multiple disk system

July 29th, 2009, 03:41 PM
I want to install Ubunto 9.04 on a PC with XP Pro already installed. The PC has 3 disks, all formatted NTFS currently. C: drive has XP, D: drive is for data, the other drive is partitioned as E: and F:, both empty.

I want to put Jaunty in what is currently F: drive and have boot options that allow me choose which OS to boot into, with XP as the default.

Last time I tried, it put Grub into the MBR of C: drive! I think I must have been confused by the different drive naming as it asked where it should be put - I must have made a wrong choice, but what is the correct one?

Any suggestions please?

Thanks :)

July 29th, 2009, 03:57 PM
hi mike,

some links that might help you out, in case you haven't seen them yet:
1. ubuntu forum post - https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot
2. another link (http://www.ehomeupgrade.com/2006/06/02/how-to-dual-boot-ubuntu-606-dapper-linux-desktop-along-side-windows-xp/) - uses dapper, not jaunty but the installation is similar

July 29th, 2009, 04:14 PM
Thanks, lavezarez

I think the second link showed me how to identify my disks and what they are named in Linux. Last I tried showed them as sda, sdb, sdc1 and sdc2.
It also asked where to put Grub, where should that go (assuming Jaunty is installed on sdc2)?

Mark Phelps
July 30th, 2009, 02:32 PM
Couple of suggestions ...

First, I believe that Ubuntu will default to writing the MBR code to the "first" hard drive it finds, which in your case, should be the C:\ drive. You also have the option of writing that to the same drive that Ubuntu is installed on.

Which brings me to my second suggestion: consider booting from the Ubuntu drive, overwriting its MBR, and adding an entry to menu.lst for XP.