Ubuntu Installation :: Installing On Windows With Several Hard Disks?

Jan 15, 2011

I would like to install ubuntu on windows xp which has 6 partitioned hard disks. When I try to install ubuntu on hard disk F, it says i need to select a root. However, I could not succeed in selecting a `root`. I also tried wubi, but it was terminated with an abrupt error just before it was finished. Furthermore, what does boot directory mean?

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Ubuntu Installation :: External Hard Drives For Installing - Or A Way To Circumvent The Windows 7

Jun 3, 2010

Months ago one of my computers died. I have bought a brand new one laptop, but I have a problem at the moment I wanted to install Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 7: the new partition that windows 7 reserves for securing system files.

There are three partitions: Windows 7 principal, Windows 7 for securing system files (at the drive's beginning) and the recovery partition that HP puts there. Then I only have option to resize the Windows principal partition and get another principal partition. My question is if you know how to deal with this?

The other option you can help me is to advise me about some external hard drives to install ubuntu in them and don't touch the internal disk of my laptop.

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SUSE :: No Hard Disks Were Found For Installation

Aug 5, 2009

the hard disc has two partitions, one is 156gb ntfs, currently with windows xp prof sp2, and I am trying to install linux to the second partition, also currently ntfs.I am not a total newbie (i used fedora 10 last semester and ubuntu the semester before that). I have tried installing ubuntu9.04, fedora 10, fedora 11, and opensuse11.1 to this computer, and every time the installation probes for hard disks it comes up with zip, unless I have my external disks connected. Otherwise "No hard disks were found for the installation. Please check your hardware!"with OK button.

I also tried with gparted to see if I could find the hard disk, and still had no luck. I googled my problem and found others with similar problem but no satisfactory solution.does anybody have any idea what could be wrong and how to fix it??

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Ubuntu Installation :: 3 Hard Disks When Removing One Stops Loading?

Mar 6, 2010

I have 3 hard disk drivesone regular and two sata: Ubuntu / is installed on sata /dev/sda6 Ubuntu /boot is installed on /dev/sda1econd sata hard disk /dev/sdb is emptyI have just reformatted it to ext3third hard disk is /dev/sdc with some fat and ext3 partitionsif I shutdown computer, then plug out one of sdb/sdc or both of themthen after BIOS I see grub menu (as usual)but if I hit any keyboard button the computer automatically rebootswithout any messagesI tried hitting c,e,enter - reboot I tried reinstalling grub like this:

$ grub
grub> find /grub/menu.lst
(hd0,0)

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Ubuntu Installation :: How I Removed RAID Metadata From Hard Disks

Oct 18, 2010

I had a couple of IDE hard disks that had previously been set up as a RAID1 array.I wanted to re-format and use them as separate independent hard disks but Ubuntu reported that they were part of a RAID array.This is how I removed that RAID metadata from the drives.With both drives connected I booted up Ubuntu 10.10 Live CD.

I checked the device names via System, Administration, Disk Utility - they were listed as /dev/sda and /dev/sdbI also noted that there was an extra device with name of /dev/md-0 which was the RAID array.Then I rebooted the PC, and checked the device names via System, Administration, Disk Utility - no more /dev/md-0 and the two drives no longer showed as part of a RAID array.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Pxe Boot Doesnt Detect Hard Disks?

Feb 26, 2011

I have a fully operational PXE boot server, the client boots up and begins the setup process however, fails to detect the hard disk, I have tried with ubuntu 8.10, 9.10 and 10.10 and none of them will see my hard disk, I boot to the cd and it sees the hard disks with no problem, so apparently the pxe boot server isnt serving up the neccesary drivers or something to detect my hard disks properly. They are just IDE drives and like I said, regular cd install detects my drives just fine.So if anyone here has any information that may help shed some light on this issue I would be so grateful

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Ubuntu Installation :: Boot From Flash Drive Without Hard Disks?

Jun 13, 2011

I have no hard drives in my computer, so I have been trying to boot Ubuntu 11.04 from an 8GB usb flash drive. Is this possible? So far the best result i have gotten is it will sit on the loading screen for a while then dump. I was only able to get the last little bit which reads mount. mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: no such file or directory. mounting /sys on /root/sys filed: no such file or directory. mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: no such file or dirctory. target file system doesn't have requested /sbin/init

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Fedora Installation :: Editing Partions For Additional Hard Disks?

Apr 30, 2009

I have three hard disks in my PC , hda is used for /, /home, /boot and swap. Everything seems to setup fine here I then have partitions sdb1 and sdc1. On the edit partion options for these hard drives I can set the mount point. I have never seen this before with the other distros I have used and usually have to mess around with fstab after install to mount these disks, so was pleased to see this option.

Under my previous install (Debian, which I didn't use for long) I had these drives mounted under /media/store1 and /media/store2. This is reflected in the "Edit Parition: /dev/s***" options where the "Original File System Label" is shown as store1 and store2 for each disk

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Ubuntu :: Keep Connect Both Hard-disks / At Start Select From Which Hard-disk To Boot?

Mar 9, 2011

I have two internal harddisk. Harddisk 1 has ubuntu, fedora installed and harddisk 2 has ubuntu installed. I normally connect either one, and use it. How can i always keep connect both harddisks, and at the start, select from which harddisk to boot? Or it's not possible?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installing Dual Boot WithXP On SCSI Disks?

Aug 31, 2010

Using 9.10 in dual-boot with XP:

Dell 600SC running an Adaptec 39160 dual channel SCSI controller which has 2 disks connected to it. The machine also has 2 IDE drives connected to it. The boot order of the disks is set to the SCSI disks as the first in boot order (after CD).

I am trying to set it to maximize performance from the SCSI config so I have XP on the first SCSI and I set up Ub 9.1 on the second SCSI in a dual-boot configuration.

In this set up the machine when rebooting goes straight to XP (on the first SCSI) and does not even see the Ub installation. The installation went fine and no complaints. On the same machine if I just had Ub on the first SCSI - machine boots fine (albeit after a long pause looking for the bootloader).

So with XP on the first disk (which I need to - to have XP) the Ub bootloader does not seem to set the right params to be able to boot.

Again this is with 9.1. Not trying 10.04 as with 10.04 I don't even get to boot even with standalone Ub (with no XP). However it installs fine but does not find bootloader in 10.4, so we will keep to the 9.1 for now. I am however open to working with 10.04 if there is a solution in dual-boot with XP in my config.

So again 9.1 installs fine with XP on 1st SCSI disk, an ub 9.1 on 2nd SCSI disk, but then bootloader does not get activated and machine goes straight to XP.

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Ubuntu Installation :: 3 Disks Partitions And Windows XP - Install 10.10 In SDB Without Loosing The Data In SDA And SDC

Oct 11, 2010

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 in a desktop computer with three disks. SDA with NTFS in SDA1, where I have Windows XP, SDB where I had Ubuntu 10.04, and SDC where I have an NTFS partition. I want to install Ubuntu 10.10 in SDB without loosing the data in SDA and SDC. When I try to install it, when I choose specify manual partition, I only find this: Where is SDB abd SDC? What do I choose in Device for Boot Loader Installation?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Which Disks Can Be Main Boot Disks

Mar 31, 2010

I have/had a PC with several hard drives, and a mix of ubuntu and windows on multi boot.The old boot drive died screaming, and I need to start again. (But my data is safe! yay!)

Is there anything special about which drive can be the main drive to start booting from? Or to put it another way, can I install to any of the other 3 and expect it to work, or do I need to switch them around so a different drive is on the connections for the recently dead one?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.04 In A Second Partition Of The Hard Drive - Windows XP And Windows 7

Oct 24, 2010

I have Ubuntu 10.04 and Windows XP running each one in a partition of two different hard drives. I want to install Windows 7 in a second partition of the hard drive where Ubuntu is running. Windows 7 did not see the hard drive where Ubuntu is running. So I understand that I need to format the partition where Ubuntu is running, install Windows 7 and later on Ubuntu 10.04 which will create the boot for the three systems. But I want to backup Ubuntu's installation, and after installing Windows 7, install the backup. So I will need to add the file for the dual booting. How can I do it? Is it there any piece of software that could create the three booting option that I need?

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Ubuntu :: Can't Access Two Different Hard Disks

Jan 30, 2011

I'm having two hard disks in my pc. I can easily access both of them from my windows. But in case of ubuntu i can access only that hard disk on which ubuntu is installed. The other hard disk can not be accessed from ubuntu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: XP With Existing Setup (Partitions) - Error "Setup Did Not Find Any Hard Disks Installed On Your Computer"

Feb 18, 2010

I'm using Ubuntu 9.10 and previously had a separate partition with another distro on it. I decided to delete the other distro's home and swap partitions and install XP in place of it. I've been following these instructions: [URL] and [URL] I have gotten to the point where I am booting to the XP CD and want to install it, but I get the message, "Setup did not find any hard disks installed on your computer" when I should be getting to the screen that asks me to select a partition to install XP on. This is what my HDD looks like in GParted:

I want to install XP in the unallocated partition, but I have a feeling I screwed up somewhere along the way and probably don't fully understand the whole thing. Even if I try to format the unallocated partition to NTFS I can't make it a primary partition (I assume because it's within sda2). The very last thing I want to do is delete my Ubuntu partition and start from scratch, but if that's my last option let me know.

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Ubuntu :: Format Alignment Of Hard Disks?

May 27, 2011

I thought that alignment of 4096-byte sector Advanced Format hard drives was automatically taken care of via Gparted or Disk Utility until I bought a Hitachi HTS547575A9E384 (Travelstar 5K750) and saw that Disk Utility showed my partitions to be out of alignment. I then realized that my WD, which I had bought a few months ago, probably had its jumper set to emulate a 512-byte sector legacy drive (512e) and is probably not set to the AF setting.

Straight to the problem.

I've searched many sites, some of which suggest using fdisk (others the proprietary software of the hard drive's manufacturer). It is essential that one change the arguments prior to changing the partition table as there is no way back (yet, as far as I know) without having to move data to another drive and starting all over:

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Install WinXP - No Hard Disks Found

Jul 29, 2010

I have a laptop HP Pavilion, on which I installed Ubuntu 10.04. I erased the whole disk and used the option manually define the partitions.

Here is my partition table given by gparted:
Partition File system Mount point
unallocated 1 MB
/dev/sda1 vfat /windows
/dev/sda2 ext4 /
/dev/sda3 extended extended
/dev/sda5 linux-swap
/dev/sda4 ext4 /home

I installed Ubuntu and everything went fine. But now I want to install WinXP from an original Microsoft CD-rom and I get the follow error:
Unable to install windows, no hard disks found, contact your dealer (or something like that, it is translated from Dutch).
I tried everything, formatting my hard disk with gparted NTFS, formatting mkfs.vfat, with no luck.

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Ubuntu :: Copy Profiles To Multiple Hard Disks?

Nov 29, 2010

First and foremost, I really appreciate this newer release of Ubuntu 10.10. My boss wanted to use SLAX, but I had great experience with 8.10 and I have installed 10.10 on laptops and netbooks. on with the challenge for the day: I have configured a user's profile on 10.10 to startup Firefox in kiosk to go to our secure portal. The problem is I don't particularly care to REDO configure a user's profile session over and over.

So, if any of you whiz kids out there can come up with a better way to copy a user's profile...particularly the files that are used for Mozilla Firefox so that I can just copy and paste the files onto another hard drive with a fresh 10.10 that would be great.

The ONLY issue I have working with Linux is that I can not rapidly deploy my settings I have set for 'user' as I can with Windows. I am sure if there was a way to do this, deployment of Ubuntu 10.10 would go MUCH faster. As it stands, if I am able to pull this off...there will be a potential of removing Windows desktops. Which is fine for me because I can manage desktops a little easier on this platform than Windows.

This is what I have installed in Ubuntu:
IcedTea (for Java plugin for Firefox)
Profile Editor
R-Kiosk

All those work great with Firefox, but getting those installed on a new system is a bit daunting.especially when some users suggest doing cloning when in reality...I plan to do the install via LiveCD and THEN hopefully create the user on the fly in Terminal and copy the user files needed off a flash drive into the home/user folder

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Ubuntu :: Software RAID And Mixed Hard Disks

Apr 8, 2011

I would like to mirror some of my partitions (i.e. /home) with a software RAID. My primary harddisk is a Western Digital WD20EARS with Advanced Factor (4kB Sectors). The secondary disk is a Samsung HD103UJ with old sector-style (512B). Is it possible to set up a RAID 1 containing a partition with advanced factor an a partition with old sector-style or do both partitions have do be in the same sctor-style?

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Hardware :: Using Old Hard Disks In New System

Nov 10, 2010

I'm going to buy a new system, and I have 2 SATA hard disks from my old system. One is installed with a Linux OS, the other with Windows Vista.For the Linux hard disk, will I be able to simply use these 2 hard disks on the new system and boot up, retaining all my data? If not, how do I transfer the data from my old hard disks to my new hard disks? My old system is faulty (no signal to monitor), so I can't just copy everything directly using, say, a portable hard disk.

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General :: External Hard Disks

Mar 22, 2010

I'm using SUSE11.1, and connected to my system, a DELL 7500, a 1.5 TB Buffalo external HD. I partitioned it in 4 sectors.After connection, nmediatly the mounted disk would appear on the screen,(each partition with its respective name), and could use it as any other folder.To unmount the external Hard disk, I just ejected each partition, and had no problem. I used the same HD with my Mc, and things were all right, I used to backup automatically the Mc. However after having been using the system in this way for more than half a year, suddenly the hard disk began to rattle...and the SUSE system on the DELL, nor the Mc can mount the external hard disk any more. Thus, the partitions can not be mounted any more. When I cd to /media/ in the SUSE, the names of the partitions appear, but they seem to be empty..On the Mc, going to /Volumes/, before the problem appeared, the names of the partitions were there... but now, they are no more and the automatic back up either.So my question is, how to mount the disk, if it needs mounting... or how I can recover the partitions and the data therein... I am clueless, after two weeks trying to solve the problem..

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Dec 28, 2010

In Fedora when we double click the Partitioned Local Hard Disks then we have to give the root password otherwise it will not open. Is there any way to read and execute the Partitioned Local Hard Disks without giving the Root Password.

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Jan 23, 2011

I am booting Slackware 13.0 on an X86 from a (master) ATA hard drive. I have added a second (slave) hard drive that contains an installation of Slackware 13.1. This works in so far as I can boot 13.0 from the master drive, then mount the slave drive and read and write files to it. So the hardware is basically working.What I want to do is configure lilo so I can choose to boot either 13.0 or 13.1. So far I have not gotten this to work.

Under 13.0 the slave disk appears as /dev/hdb. The root-partion for 13.1 on the slave is the first primary partion on the slave, and appears as /dev/hdb1 when viewed under 13.0. What stanza should I add to lilo.conf to make the slave 13.1 bootable?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installing An OS On A Hard Drive?

Apr 24, 2010

So i have a computer running ubuntu, but i need to use this computer to install another OS to a hard drive connected via USB that will be installed on a laptop. How do i do this with an ISO file?

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Jun 15, 2010

A few years ago I built a small Slackware system and, for storage, I used using a 2Gb Compact Flash card plugged into the primary IDE interface. Initially, I made a bootable CD rom, booted the new system from that, copied the file system to the CF card and then ran LILO to install a boot sector on the CF 'disk' /dev/hda. That all worked well enough.

The only trouble is that the CF card, being an early one, is rather slow and so I've just bought an Innodisk 2Gb Disk-on-Module which ought to be much faster. I have plugged that into the secondary IDE interface, I've run cfdisk to make a partition, formatted it using mkreiserfs and copied all of the contents of the CF card on /dev/hda to the new device on /dev/hdc. So far, so good. But...Now I need to run LILO from the existing CF card in /dev/hda to put a boot sector on the new /dev/hdc. Then I want to move the new device from /dev/hdc and put it in /dev/hda once it's bootable.

I'm stuck to know how to configure LILO to install a new boot sector on /dev/hdc. I don't appear to be able to make LILO understand what I'm trying to do. If I change the line 'boot = /dev/hda' in lilo.conf to 'boot = /dev/hdc', LILO aborts with an error message.

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General :: Boot Two Hard Disks - XP And Kubuntu

Sep 10, 2010

I have installed xp at the main hdd. It has 3 partitions. Then I installed Kubuntu 10.04 on the slave hdd. When I boot, it doesn't recognize kubuntu. When I searched at My PC in XP, didn't recognized the slave hdd. I switched the hdd (slave to master and viceversa) and it didn't go well either.

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Jun 8, 2010

I have two ide hard disks. One with windows and other with ubuntu 10.04. i want both windows and ubuntu in grub menu so what should i do ?

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Dec 30, 2009

I am connecting a complete set of four hard disks externally to my linux server.I have certain queries on that

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2. How the cd drive will work out in linux?
3. How to configure all the 4 HDD into one LVM?
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Feb 20, 2010

I looked around on these forums and google and came to no solution so, I decided to make this thread. I'm using Windows XP and after I downloaded and tested out Ubuntu 9.10, I decided I'd like it as a second OS, can I install Ubuntu on my external hard drive (1TB)? would installing on an external hard drive take away the risks of losing data etc? If I installed Ubuntu on my external hard drive would it delete any files already on my hard drive?

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Dec 27, 2010

I have been trying to install Ubuntu on my new computer as a duel boot with Windows 7. My computer has four 1TB hard drives, One with Windows 7 installed, two that are used for storing media (both are independent, not in a RAID or anything like that) and one empty hard drive. This hard drive contains a 901.51 GB NTFS partition, and 30.00 GB of Unallocated space, I wish to install Ubuntu in this unallocated space; giving it 20 GB (the 10 GB left over might be used for installing XBMC Live). But when I boot Ubuntu's Live CD the installer doesn't show me the unallocated space, and doesn't really show me any of the extra Hard drives.

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