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January 13th, 2010, 03:22 AM
I have two 300gb hard drives and two 1TB drives, (plus external 2GB) so space is not a problem.

I have installed Windows 7 on the first one.

Is it better to make room on this one drive, or to install Ubuntu on a separate 300gb drive? Will it create problems if they are on separate drives?

Should the two 1TB ones be formatted as ext3 or ntfs? What would be best?

My data is mostly music and language and woodworking related stuff: almost ready to start filing the second 1TB drive the first one being full. Games are not a major activity for me.

Thanks in advance.


January 13th, 2010, 04:51 AM
I had a triple boot system. All three separate hard drives (500 GB each). Ubuntu, Vista, W7 (RC).

I kept most of my files on a 4th 1.5 TB NTFS formatted drive. From all three OS's I was able to access the information on the 1.5 TB.

Hope this helps in anyway.

January 13th, 2010, 04:59 AM
I would keep them separate. When I installed W7 after an ubuntu install - I had to disable the other disk in the BIOS before windows would play nice. It seems W7 looks for any bootable partition and refuses to install unless it's installed there.

If you have to reinstall W7 - you may need to do it as though that's the only OS there. You can put the real OS back later - grub will find windows and add it to the menu automatically

January 13th, 2010, 05:07 AM
I had vista and ubuntu installed on separate drives. I uplugged the ubuntu drive and upgrade vista to windows 7. plugged ubuntu back in but now i can only boot windows. Im not sure how to get back to dual booting. please help

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xdefd3c49

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 13 60802 488282112 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00023388

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 29272 235127308+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 29273 30401 9068692+ 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 29273 30401 9068661 82 Linux swap / Solaris

January 13th, 2010, 05:19 AM
You'll have to go into the BIOS to set a different boot order for the hard disks. Alternatively (maybe) you can hit ESC during startup to choose a boot device (depends on your computer).

January 13th, 2010, 05:41 AM
I previously was using grub and would like to get that working again

January 13th, 2010, 05:55 AM
ok i changed the boot order in bios, was able to bring grub up but it still has vista on it no 7 . so now im in my ubuntu but how do i get windows 7 on the grub boot list?

January 13th, 2010, 12:45 PM

January 13th, 2010, 05:43 PM

January 14th, 2010, 03:46 AM
You can try to rebuild grub2 boot list...

sudo update-grub

Should find the Windows 7

January 16th, 2010, 04:59 PM
Since I was the originator of this thread, I would like to thank my first responder. I followed his/her advice, and after a couple of errors on my part, everything worked fine, and I now have dual boot. Thank you a whole lot.