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Thread: Dual boot xp and Hardy

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    Dual boot xp and Hardy

    Hey all,
    I have seen a lot of problems on this forum related to installing Ubuntu on an XP hard drive. But I found this tutorial and its seems far easier than I thought.
    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_w...lled_first.htm

    Firstly, am I setting myself up for a hard time doing this? Secondly, is it even possible with the hardware from a Dell Precision 390?

    cheers,
    Jay

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    Re: Dual boot xp and Hardy

    According to what I read, your Dell workstation is configured to use Raid 0. Haven't installed on a RAID machine, so I would suggest that you do two things:
    1) Try booting the liveCD first to ensure that Unbuntu is able to detect all your hardware and load the proper drivers. Any driver problems you encounter while running the LiveCD may require a LOT of work to resolve after you install.
    2) If you have no way to do a full image backup of your machine, wait until you get a reply from someone familiar with installing Ubuntu in a RAID environment. If the install screws up your existing Windows partition, you may have a very hard time getting it back.

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    Re: Dual boot xp and Hardy

    You could always do a WUBI install
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    Re: Dual boot xp and Hardy

    RAID
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=408461

    install mdadm to be able to access your raid devices
    The Linux Software Raid Howto:
    http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Software-RAID-HOWTO.html

    Quick HOWTO: Linux Software Raid
    http://www.linuxhomenetworking.com/w..._Software_RAID

    Using mdadm to manage Linux Software Raid arrays
    http://www.linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/...2/05/RAID.html

    Ubuntu Fake Raid HOWTO In the community contributed documentation
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fa...ght=%28raid%29

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FakeRaidHowto
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    Re: Dual boot xp and Hardy

    Thank you for your replies!

    I get this feeling like Wubi is too good to be true. Anyone have experience with this in comparison to dual booting?

    It appears that wubi 8.10 supports RAID.

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