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Multibooting UBUNTU and XP


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MOLEXRULZ

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Ok, here is my system configuration

Intel Pentium 4 630 3ghz EM64T
1Gb Ram
2 HDD - one is for Windows System + all my Program files and Documents it is SATA and NTFS- The other is for data that will need to be quickly destroyed if the FBI comes to my house(LOL), it is IDE but my PC treats it as a SCSI b/c it is in the my 3rd IDE port. My MOBO has support for 4SATA drives and 4(2 channels) of IDE. The SATA are treated as primary and secondary(with master and slave for each channel 2x2=4)

Anyway, I am going to purchase another HDD. An 80GB SATA drive. I want to install Ubuntu Linux on this b/c I want to teach myself more on Linux.

Anyway, I want to be able to choose which drive to boot to when I boot up my PC
Note: XP is already installed, Ubuntu is not yet.

I want boot up proccess to be simple. Just select XP or Ubuntu from a list.

BTW...the version of Ubuntu I want to install is 64bit b/c my CPU supports it (I know i tried the live CD)

How do I set this up(I dont need step by step for the Installation of Ubuntu if no-bizzare non-gui stuff is required)?

The new 80gb drive has not been partitioned or formated either, but Im just want it to be used as 1 volume.

Are any 3rd party appz required?

What I mean to ask is are there any steps required besides putting the Ubuntu CD in and installing it on this drive. Do I need to do anything FUNKY?

Does UBUNTU have the ability to partition/format a drive b4 the install like XP does?
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I don't really care if the 2 OS are unable to comunicate with each other b/c I know UBUNTU cant read NTFS.
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There is not much you need to do besides installing it. You should be given the option to install a boot loader (I prefer grub) and that will give you the option to select what you want to boot.

I am not familar with Ubuntu, but I think all Linux systems have the ability to partition the disk, far more ability than windoze.

I personally suggest that you don't have just one partition. It is a good idea to have a small boot partition, around 100Mb, swap, and the I like to keep the partition for the system at a reasonable size and then other partitions for user data. I also like to have a second partition the same size as the root partition so that I can back it up and also use it to install a new version or a different version.
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Thanks..I think the way Im gonna partition is a 20gb for Linux OS and Apps. And then a 60GBFAT32 for stuff that I wanna use cross-OS
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the installer is NON-GUI. however it will ask you which disk to put Ubuntu on. It automatically installs Grub to the MBR and place Linux as the primary choice, however that can be changed with some minor tweaking of the gub file. once it's installed we can give instructions on how to change it.
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Umm what about partitioning? Is that NonGUI. What do i need to type?
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it's not gui, however, there isn't much to type, just make sure you put in the information the way you want it. it gives you a chance to change what you input before doing it.
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