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Thread: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

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    Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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.

    Gilles

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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.

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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).

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    I previously was using grub and would like to get that working again

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    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?

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    help?

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    please

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    Re: Ubuntu and WIn7 on separate hard drives?

    You can try to rebuild grub2 boot list...

    sudo update-grub

    Should find the Windows 7

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