Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Install On Separate HDDs / No Boot Selector
Oct 25, 2010
I'm 'trying' to dual boot WinXP and Ubuntu 10.10 from 2 separate HDD's. Currently I'm on attempt number 6 but my patience wore thin about 2 days ago - here's the current state of play: I have WinXP running fine (Was installed first) and I have Ubuntu running fine if I use a boot loader disc. I don't have any boot options at all - if I let the PC boot naturally then it just loads XP as normal. I followed this guide to the letter: [URL]
(For those that don't want to read the link: It get's you to create 4 partitions on a drive - 1: ntfs for winxp (not touched) 2: Linux partition 3: linux-swap partition 4: fat32 osshare partition) then if you get no boot options, it creates an ubuntu.bin file which you move to the C: and edit the boot.ini to include it in the options). But all the difference it makes is I get boot options, I press Ubuntu and my computer sits with a blinking cursor for as long as you let it.
I'm new to the world of Ubuntu 10.10. My PC had windows Vista running on an 80GB HDD, and on Friday 03/12/10 I decided to install Ubuntu 10.10 on a second 160GB HDD. Wrongly I assumed I could simply have 2 HDD's in my PC and it would magically allow me to chose between Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.10. Well that was 50 hours ago and I still can't get it to work. As you can see I have the results of my boot_info_script055.sh below.
PHP Code: Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010 Boot Info Summary: Grub 2 isnstalled in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in partition # 1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub. => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdbsda1: File system: ext4 Boot sector type: - Boot sector info: Operating System: Ubuntu 10.10 Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub .....
I have Vista installed a 500 gb and recently added a 320 gb hard drive. How do I install ubuntu on to the 320 gb HDD and be able to dual boot the 2 operating systems? Also how do I keep myself from getting the symbol 'grub_puts' not found error when updating to 10.4?
I have 2 sata HDD, I wish to dual boot, but in a way to have Windows on one and Ubuntu on the other.
For some reason I could not get Ubuntu (10.04) to install from the live CD or Wubi or from Windows on the same HDD.
I downloaded the advanced distro and went with that straight onto the HDD and it has been a gem (love how it just works with no drama).
I want to install windows XP again on the 2nd HDD, as there is one game that I play in windows. (I've got it to work in Wine I just don't like / can't get used to it)
My Question is: installing windows on a 2nd HDD and then being able to choose which one to boot.
I've read about installing Windows after Linux in the user guide and reinstalling grub2 - I got the impression though, the they were installed on the same HDD and thought that what I want to achieve may differ?
I have Ubuntu 11.04 on 1TB HDD and Win 7 on another 1TB HDD. Right now I have to unplug a SATA cable to get to boot into one or the other. What is the best way to be able to pick. I don't care which OS I do it in or which is the primary, if there has to be one. I have an MSI mobo.
I have Windows 7 x64 on a RAID0 Setup and have a separate 120GB Hard Drive and want to DualBoot with Ubuntu! How do I go by doing that seeing that LiveCD is not detecting Windows 7 Loader? Twitpic : [URL]
I've been trying to properly install grub for the past 3 days and failing every time.I recently bought a new computer and would like to dual boot Windows 7 64 and Natty. On my previous machines, ubuntu installer has automatically detected windows. It does not do so on this machine.I have three hard drives: 2 ssd's and a single 3 tb drive for storage.
I would like one ssd for windows 7 and one for natty.Currently, I am able to boot into both OS's but only by altering the boot sequence of the drives from the bios. I am hesitant to install grub to the windows drive for fear I will lose the ability to boot into windows. I did this early in the discovery process and ended up having to reinstall windows.
I would like to know the best way to dual boot an already installed Win7 HDD, with adding a second HDD to which I will install Mint9?
I have attempted this in the past with Mint8, but managed to screw it up some how with Mint 8`s Beta Grub2! So bear with me if I am skittish on repeating a "conventional" Grub bootloader selection approach!
This time I would prefer to install Mint9 to it`s own HDD with Win7 disconnected if possible, and installing Mint`s Grub bootloader directly to the Mint HDD installation, just to insure Win7s MBR isn't affected by the Mint9 installation, by keeping each O.S. and it`s bootloader completely separate and apart. Of course then comes the question of how to access my new Mint 9 installation, since reconnecting my Win7 HDD (with it`s MBR) will become the default, with no knowledge of any Mint installation.
Would a third party bootloader such as "Easy BCD" be the way to go? Or am I over complicating what I would like to accomplish here? The main thing is: NOT having to upset my twice installed Win7 installation again!
I just bought a new Windows 7 machine and want to install Ubuntu 10.10 for a dual boot environment.There's a lot of info describing how to do this, but it all describes re-partioning the Windows drive, burning Ubuntu on a CD, inserting that CD, etc. I had a dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu machine that just died on me. Windows was on one hard drive and Ubuntu - along with my entire software development environment - was on the other. As far as I know both drives are fine.
When my new (Windows) machine gets here I want to open it up and stick in the Ubuntu hard drive from my old machine... but then I'm not sure what to do. I'd really like to be able to boot to that hard drive (or the Windows one), just like I did before. It seems that this should be simpler than installing a fresh Ubuntu from a special CD, after all, everything is already expanded and working on the hard drive. Can someone give me some pointers that will help me solve this problem?
1 is the first partition so windows finds it nicely. Before install, i unplugged my hdds so that grub wouldn't get confused. I told the installer to put the full install on sda3 with no swap space. I checked (advanced button on summary page) that bootloader is being installed to the usb on dev/sda (sda since no other drives attached). This should put it in the MBR (i think?)
Seems like I pressed all the right buttons huh? Is there a way to diagnose grub and see what's wrong? is there a reason grub may not initialize properly from a usb drive?
I have two hard drives one with Windows XP and one with Ubuntu 10.04. The hard drive with Windows XP has been dying out slowly over the last week thankfully I backed up all my important information. The problem is that now that the Win XP hard drive is dead I can't boot into Ubuntu nothing pops up just the blinking cursor. I believe this is because when I installed ubuntu the Windows XP HD was already in the first slot and may have all the boot information. I have the LiveCD and can boot into that successfully.
I want to set up my PC so that I have Windows 7 installed on one hard drive and Ubuntu Studio installed on a completely separate hard drive. I currently have both hard drives installed in my PC and the larger one (640GB) has Windows 7 installed and is currently taking up that entire drive. My other hard drive (160GB) has a wubi install of Ubuntu 10.10 on it so it shows up on the Windows boot menu. What I want to do is wipe the smaller hard drive and install Ubuntu Studio on it and have it show up in the boot menu just like my wubi install does.
I need to know things like: 1. When I install Ubuntu Studio, do I install the boot loader to the MBR of the hard drive I'm installing it on? 2. How exactly do I add Ubuntu Studio to the Windows boot loader?
After I complete a big project I'm working on I'm going to be wiping and re-doing my desktop machine, probably in the next day or three. I'm going to be setting up a dual-boot; my first in about three years. I'll be using separate hard disks for this, and installing Slackware second on the bigger of the two drives. When I've done this in the past I've used Grub; Is there anything I need to know or pitfalls I need to avoid doing it with Lilo?
I have a new machine arriving tomorrow and plan on installing ubuntu 10.04 x64 and windows 7 professional. I've only ever had a single HDD before, but now I have 2 * 640GB drives.Does it matter what OS I install first?Will I have to change anything relating to the HDDs boot order in the BIOS?I only got 2 HDDs so in the event of needing to reinstall one of the OS's they're on completely different drives. Also, in the eventuality I need to reinstall one of the OSs is it simply a normal reinstall procedure, or because they're on two seperate drives will I need to do anything different?
install fedora 11 on Vista I want to keep the windows boot loader and also install on a usb drive or a seperate partition that has 10GB free "install doesn't see partition's". Recently I installed ubuntu and had a major problem with booting, without having the usb drive connected I couldn't boot windows so uninstalled it. I'm trying to install now but install does'nt give me any option to select partitions from my drives one 320GB "portable, 3 partitions" and 80GB "main os 2 partitions one partition has 10GB free"
I have tried (a few times now lol) to get this setup. I am using Windows 7 64-bit and Ubuntu 10.4 64-bit. I have Windows 7 installed on one hdd, another hdd has the System Reserved partition along with a data partition for files, the third hdd is the one where I want to install Ubuntu. I have found numerous tutorials on installing them both on the same drive, but not on separate ones. The couple I have found haven't really worked.
I think that Ubuntu is installed correctly but there is no option to boot into it. Windows 7 just happily loads itself. I have tried reinstalling and selecting 'sdc1' (the native ubuntu partition) as the location for the bootloader to be installed and then used Easy BCD to add that location to the windows bootloader which gives the option to load Ubuntu but when selected dies complaining that there is a missing file (I think it just can't find the Ubuntu bootloader).
As an aside when I get to the installation screen the Ubuntu installer keeps on telling me that there are no operating systems detected on the machine (Even though I'm pretty sure the drive it is talking about 'sda' is where Windows 7 is installed). Not sure if that matters just seemed a little wierd.
I am using an Abit NF7-S V2 mobo to set up my dual boot system where each OS (XP & Ubuntu) will run on a totally separate HD (as opposed to both OSï¿½s being set up on one HD). Since they will be running as stand alone boot drives, how does one set it all up so that one can boot from one or the other? I donï¿½t see how I can do it from the bios. How do I do it?
I am finding it hard to get 2 seperate hard drives to work each having different OS..... windows XP and Ubuntu 10.10. Making Ubuntu the master, it can recognise the drive but cannot boot from it. If XP is the master it does not recognise the Ubuntu drive at all.
I have been messing around with the ubuntu family for some time now, and usually have no problem finding my answers. This one, however, is giving me some trouble. I have been using ubuntu on my laptop for some time now, and recently got a new 2TB hard drive for my desktop. I cloned the old hard drive to the new one, and decided to install ubuntu onto a third drive. The third drive was IDE, the new one is SATA. I disconnected the other hard drive, and so my current set up is a SATA drive with Windows 7, and an IDE drive with Ubuntu (11.04 of course)
Well, I am unable to dual boot between the two, unfortunately, and would like to figure out how. I would like to say the problem is with Windows, since that is the primary drive. No GRUB shows up upon booting when both drives are plugged in, and the Windows Bootloader does not show my installation of Ubuntu, instead it goes right to Windows.
I am trying to install Ubuntu on a machine that already has Windows 7 on one partition. Obviously I intend to install it on the other free partition. So I downloaded the iso burnt it onto the disk and pop in the disk and the boot the machine. The installation screen comes up I selected the first option (Try Ubuntu without installation), I just see a prompt after a few seconds and then the screen goes blank and nothing happens. Unable to detect a signal, The monitor goes into standby. The same thing happens if I use "install Ubuntu" option as well. I downloaded minimal install version Ubuntu and tried to install with that. since its old school installation, the installation completed without any errors, but when I restart the grub come up and when I select to boot into Ubuntu, I see the same behavior i.e. the screen goes blank and never boots to anything. This is a machine on which I was using 10.4 until yesterday.
I'm having a frustrating time trying to install Ubuntu as a dual boot with Windows 7 on a new Acer Aspire 5750.The initial install proceeded without incident until an error along the lines of "Cannot install GRUB to /dev/sda".I continued without installing GRUB, and attempted to install GRUB from the live CD:Code:sudo mount /dev/sda5 /mntsudo grub-setup -d /mnt/boot/grub /dev/sdaThis installed GRUB, but only linking to my Windows 7 partition (sda2).
So I'm dual booting Windows 7 and Lucid. Thinking I might shorten the timeout for the bootloader (I apologize if my terminology's off), I ran bcdedit and changed the timeout to 0. Little did I know this would prevent my computer from booting into either operating system.
I've got Lucid running off a live cd now; does anyone know how I could change the timeout back from there (or any other way!) and get my laptop working again?
Added an SSD (dev/sdc) and decided to move some less often changed directories there. Started with /usr and /boot, leaving / on a primary in the first drive, for now. All started ok, and my changed fstab mounted the right ones, and the system works.
However, grub is actually using the original /boot on / on sda1. I cannot see any way to change this. (Which makes it sorta hard to update the kernel
Okay, since it has two choices, I tried to tell it which one to use. But, grub> root (hd2,5) does nothing.
what I seem to recall, grub doesn't care about the boot flag on the disk. Nor does it care about primary vs. logical (except GNU doc says "makeactive" only works on a primary?).
The GNU doc also indicates that it looks for a directory /boot on the partition, so if you're mounting a partition as /boot, it also needs to contain a /boot directory under it. Tried that, but no change.
Is my problem the logical partition? Does that prevent "grub> root" from changing it? I'm afraid to wipe out the old /boot and find that I can't start up.
I have a PC with 3 hard disks, one IDE (30GB) plus two Sata (80 & 180 GB). The IDE is the disk master. Previously I had Ubuntu on the IDE disk, the smaller SATA for Windows XP and the larger SATA for all data. I recently decided to do a clean Windows install and thought that at the same time I'd swap the two OS disks. After I successfully installed the two systems (Ubuntu is Grub 2) I don't get any options presented at boot up. If I boot from hard disk and choose the IDE disk Windows books immediately. If I try to change the disk boot order in the BIOS to choose the Ubuntu disk, nothing happens. Any idea how to get my dual boot back?
I FINALLY convinced my wife to try Ubuntu on her laptop. We selected Install 10.4 side-by-side with XP. The grub menu shows up, but Windows is not listed. She's happy with Ubuntu so far, but I'd like to know why I can't use XP anymore. btw, I actually made the mistake of using the import accounts option, which filled up the new partition and made Ubuntu unbootable. I deleted some things from the command prompt, and it's running fine now.HP Pavilion1.5 GHz512MB Ram