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Windows 7: Want to dual boot Ubuntu with Win 7


09 Feb 2010   #1
Arc

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Want to dual boot Ubuntu with Win 7

Hi !
This is the disk management screenshot. In disk 0 Partition C, Win 7 is installed. In Disk 1 partition D, there was Win XP, but I formatted is as primary to install Ubuntu there as dual boot. Practically I know almost nothing about Linux installation. When I am trying to install it, I am not able to find out which one is the D drive.

I tried the Gparted option there, but it seemed to me a puzzle .

Can anybody please help me?




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09 Feb 2010   #2

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Welcome!

The D partition should be the first partition on the second hard drive. It is also the smaller of the approx 58GB partitions.

The Ubuntu setup should show the different hard drives.
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09 Feb 2010   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Hi !
This is the disk management screenshot. In disk 0 Partition C, Win 7 is installed. In Disk 1 partition D, there was Win XP, but I formatted is as primary to install Ubuntu there as dual boot. Practically I know almost nothing about Linux installation. When I am trying to install it, I am not able to find out which one is the D drive.

I tried the Gparted option there, but it seemed to me a puzzle .

Can anybody please help me?
Linux identifies hard drives and partitions as: SDA (or sometimes hda), so the first partition on the first hard drive shown (drive 0) would be sda1, the second partition sda2 etc.

The first partition on the second hard drive would be sdb1, the second partition sdb2 etc.

When installing Ubuntu, from this screen: you will select partition sdb1 and it will show as 58GB (or perhaps a little less). The screen shot only shows a single hard drive, but you should see the ids sda1 etc. and sdb1 etc. form your setup.

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Question: Have you planned how you will setup your dual boot?

Cheers!
Robert


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09 Feb 2010   #4
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Hi !
This is the disk management screenshot. In disk 0 Partition C, Win 7 is installed. In Disk 1 partition D, there was Win XP, but I formatted is as primary to install Ubuntu there as dual boot. Practically I know almost nothing about Linux installation. When I am trying to install it, I am not able to find out which one is the D drive.

I tried the Gparted option there, but it seemed to me a puzzle .

Can anybody please help me?
Linux identifies hard drives and partitions as: SDA (or sometimes hda), so the first partition on the first hard drive shown (drive 0) would be sda1, the second partition sda2 etc.

The first partition on the second hard drive would be sdb1, the second partition sdb2 etc.

When installing Ubuntu, from this screen: you will select partition sdb1 and it will show as 58GB (or perhaps a little less). The screen shot only shows a single hard drive, but you should see the ids sda1 etc. and sdb1 etc. form your setup.

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Question: Have you planned how you will setup your dual boot?

Cheers!
Robert
Thanx a lot Robert!
I remember that the partition names was sda and sdb there, and the size was expressed in mbs ( not in gbs). Now it is clear to me that I am to select sdb1 to install Ubuntu.

If I install Ubuntu now, and then if I add a linux entry as Grub bootloader in the system reserved (Boot) drive using EasyBCD from within Windows 7, will not it dual boot?

Let me have another try , after that , I will inform you what happened.
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09 Feb 2010   #5

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
If I install Ubuntu now, and then if I add a linux entry as Grub bootloader in the system reserved (Boot) drive using EasyBCD from within Windows 7, will not it dual boot?

Let me have another try , after that , I will inform you what happened.
The main reason for my question was your statement: " Practically I know almost nothing about Linux installation."

If you tell Grub to install in the MBR of the second hard drive (SDB) you should be OK. You will then need to select which hard drive to boot to in the BIOS, and/or add the entry as you described. You can (even unintentionally) overwrite your Windows boot manager and be left with only the Grub boot loader. You might simplify things for yourself by unplugging the Windows hard drive before you install Ubuntu. In that case, as there would only be one hard drive visible, it would be identified as sda1. You can safely install Ubuntu without making changes to the Windows boot manager, then add the grub entry to Windows.

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Feb 2010   #6
Arc

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Had I listened to you earlier, I wouldn't have screwed up !!!

I created a free space in Disk 1 (SDB) using partition wizard live cd, and installed Ubuntu there. Now there is no seen of windows boot manager at all. In bootloader, there are four linux entries, and at last there is the windows vista (!!) boot entry. Practically I dont want this!

I want windows 7 to be my default boot, and then the linux may come. What to do to rectify this situation?
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10 Feb 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Had I listened to you earlier, I wouldn't have screwed up !!!

I created a free space in Disk 1 (SDB) using partition wizard live cd, and installed Ubuntu there. Now there is no seen of windows boot manager at all. In bootloader, there are four linux entries, and at last there is the windows vista (!!) boot entry. Practically I dont want this!

I want windows 7 to be my default boot, and then the linux may come. What to do to rectify this situation?
You are still OK ... this is not a hard fix.

Of course, first shut down your computer, then unplug the second hard drive (Ubuntu). Now you will use your Windows 7 install DVD or the "System Repair" CD windows will burn for you to restore the Windows 7 boot manager. Please look over these two threads and let us know if you have any difficulties?

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

Then we will fix your Ubuntu so it can boot.

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Feb 2010   #8
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Had I listened to you earlier, I wouldn't have screwed up !!!

I created a free space in Disk 1 (SDB) using partition wizard live cd, and installed Ubuntu there. Now there is no seen of windows boot manager at all. In bootloader, there are four linux entries, and at last there is the windows vista (!!) boot entry. Practically I dont want this!

I want windows 7 to be my default boot, and then the linux may come. What to do to rectify this situation?
You are still OK ... this is not a hard fix.

Of course, first shut down your computer, then unplug the second hard drive (Ubuntu). Now you will use your Windows 7 install DVD or the "System Repair" CD windows will burn for you to restore the Windows 7 boot manager. Please look over these two threads and let us know if you have any difficulties?

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

Then we will fix your Ubuntu so it can boot.

Cheers!
Robert
Removed GRUB and got windows boot manager back as per your suggestions.

Now I can use either os at boottime selection of drive. So what do you suggest to get dual boot back with windows 7 as default os?
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10 Feb 2010   #9

 
 

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Removed GRUB and got windows boot manager back as per your suggestions. Now I can use either os at boottime selection of drive. So what do you suggest to get dual boot back with windows 7 as default os?
I would suggest a third party utility to edit the menu, like the free EasyBCD2 theog linked to in this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tml#post560817 We just assisted the removal of a Ubuntu menu entry in that thread so you can see what the entry would look like.

I use the paid utility DualBootPro (like $10?), or if you are comfortable with command line instructions you can try "BCDedit" to add the Ubuntu entry?

http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...tml#post560808

Let us know how we may assist you?

Cheers!
Robert
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10 Feb 2010   #10
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

I am familiar with EasyBCD. I used it many times to dual boot Win 7 and XP. As I messed up everything once, I think it is better to follow your instruction.

I am to add a linux entry, right? which entry - MBR or GRUB, or I am to install neoGRUb? In which drive - C or boot?
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