How can I install Ubuntu on my 2nd HD and keep Windows XP installed on my 1st HD?

I am new to Linux so please excuse the noobness of my question. I’ve looked a few install guides with dual boot / GRUB which would allow me to keep being able to use Windows XP as and when needed.
I have two 3.5′ SATA2 drives in my desktop. One contains my C: drive with all the Windows XP installation. The other drive is currently empty and, if possible, I would like to use it as my main drive for Ubuntu.

In the “Hard Disk Partitioning” section of the Ubuntu installation (see installation guide below), which options would I need to select in order to install Ubuntu on my free second hard drive WITHOUT having to repartition / split my C: drive into two parts?

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Installing-Ubuntu-9-04-110794.shtml

Which file format do I need to use when I format the new hard drive (ext3 ?) and will it be formatted automaticall from the Ubuntu Live installation CD or do I need to do this beforehand?
Thanks a lot – I appreciate the help and look forward to slowly (but surely) stop using Windows!

3 Responses to How can I install Ubuntu on my 2nd HD and keep Windows XP installed on my 1st HD?

  1. Um…i havent duel booted an a LONG time but i rember there are some very good guides on youtube…so just search “how to duel boot ubuntu and windows XP” and im shure u will find some good ones

    http://lightlinux.blogspot.com/2008/06/top-10-of-lightweight-linux_24.html
    http://distrowatch.com/

    Report Spam/Abuse

  2. If you’re new to Linux and dual-booting then don’t do it the way you propose. At least not until you have more Linux experience.

    What you should do is run Linux virtually. Go to http://www.virtualbox.org/ and download VirtualBox from Sun Microsystems. This installs in Windows and allows you to create a virtual machine environment. You would create a new virtual machine and then install Ubuntu into that. You’d then have Ubuntu running under Windows. Yes, there will be performance issues, but it’s the best way to get experience of Linux without risking screwing everything up when you install it in it’s own partition.

    That’s how I’m running Ubuntu under Windows Vista. I have a Windows XP and Windows 98 virtual machine to play with too.

    http://lightlinux.blogspot.com/2008/06/top-10-of-lightweight-linux_24.html
    http://distrowatch.com/

    Report Spam/Abuse

  3. Beryl 0.2.1/Ubuntu 9.04

    Wubi installer allows you to install Ubuntu 9.04 within Windows without the need to download the ISO. image and create a LiveCD http://wubi-installer.org/

    You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

    Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.

    Installing Ubuntu From A Windows System With Wubi
    http://www.howtoforge.com/wubi_ubuntu_on_windows

    Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) User Guide
    http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Jaunty

    RECOMMENDATION

    I thoroughly recommend Linux Mint 7 Main Edition which is Ubuntu 9.04 based. Its easy to install and easy to use plus it comes with much of the software you are likely to need preinstalled

    Linux Mint has a feature called mint4win based on the Wubi installer (Ubuntu) http://wubi-installer.org/ which enables you to install Linux Mint within windows

    You keep Windows as it is, mint4win only adds an extra option to boot into Linux Mint. mint4win does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

    mint4win like Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.

    Linux Mint 7 Download
    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=38

    Linux Mint 7 Release notes
    http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_gloria_whatsnew.php

    You download the iso. image of Linux Mint then you need to create a Bootable LiveCD

    Boot in to windows insert the LiveCD you have just created and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where mint4win comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Linux Mint (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it.

    Once Linux Mint is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Linux Mint.

    Linux Mint can also be run direct from the LiveCD from Booting up without touching your Hard Drive

    WORTH CONSIDERING LINUX MINT 6 (also incudes mint4win)

    Linux Mint 6 Download
    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=31

    Linux Mint 6 Release notes
    http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_felicia_whatsnew.php

    CURRENT SESSION

    Linux Mint 6 ext3 (GRUB 2) with Compiz 0.7.8
    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=31
    http://wiki.compiz-fusion.org/

    LUg.

    http://lightlinux.blogspot.com/2008/06/top-10-of-lightweight-linux_24.html
    http://distrowatch.com/

    Report Spam/Abuse

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree