Re: Information on dual boot Acer Laptop
The Ubuntu installer will find all of your partitions and offer you three main choices when it comes time to partition for Ubuntu.
Firstly: If I install Ubuntu from the CD setup, will it automatically find this second D: partition? and will it ask me for any input options before simply installing itself? I obviously don't want a fully automated install if it's going to overwrite my C: partition.
You can use 'Guided partitioning', and resize a partition in your first hard disk, or you can use 'Guided partitioning- use entire disk', or 'Manual partitioning'.
The Ubuntu installation CD won't do anything by itself, you have to tell it what to do.
The second option, 'Guided - use entire disk, will overwrite your Windows 'C:' drive, but only if you select that and click 'Forward'.
I would advise against selecting the 'D' partition to install Ubuntu in. If you do, Ubuntu will certainly overwrite any files that are in there.
Secondly: Can you tell me whether, by installing onto this otherwise empty D: partition, it might overwrite the hidden file, or whether there are any switches I can use during installation to avoid this? As mentioned above, I have backups of system files, but would prefer to leave WinXP as 'unmolested' as possible.
Instead, it would be best to resize the partition smaller (shrink it), and create new partitions beside it in the free space to install Ubuntu in. Ubuntu normally needs at least two partitions, one for the main operating system ('root'), plus a swap area, (something like a page file, but in a separate partition).
Ubuntu user since 2004 (Warty Warthog)