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#1 Xantalen

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 02:04 AM

Alrighty, to start things off, I consider myself a knowledgeable fellow. I don't know a lot, but I do know a good deal about things like hardware and whatnot (I built this computer I'm on) and certainly know more than your average bear. I've been wanting to get into Ubuntu, and I've installed it a couple times, but it seems that I do something wrong every time because whenever I try to get rid of it, I end up corrupting everything and having to format my hdd. So before I go and ruin everything all over again, I figured I'd come here for some guidance.

I currently have 2 hdds in my PC. A 500GB one that I've been using as storage, and a TB that I use as my primary hdd (running Windows 7 Ultimate x64). Couple of questions now:

1. Which hard drive would it be best for me to install it on?
2. What's the ideal procedure for installing it?
3. If/when I get tired of having it, how do I get rid of it without mucking up my system?

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 09:42 AM

Hey there,

I'm not sure if you've heard of Wubi or not, but it's probably the easiest way to install Ubuntu. You can uninstall it in Add/Remove programs in Windows, too.

Also, how do you normally remove Ubuntu when you install it regularly?

You can also just put it on a Virtual Machine.

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 11:48 AM

I actually have heard of Wubi, but for whatever reason it didn't occur to me that I should use it lol. Does it matter which hdd I put it on?

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Posted 22 October 2010 - 12:05 PM

Wherever you put all your programs would probably be best. :thumbsup:

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 02:26 PM

Good guide to Wubi here:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide

it runs from installing within Windows in this case your primary drive.

Hope this helps?

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 04:16 PM

When you install Ubuntu it uses grub2 boot loader, so most likely when you removed Ubuntu before
you didn't need to format and reinstall Windows - you just needed to run the Windows install
Disc and repair the boot sequence.

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:47 PM

It doesn't particularly matter which drive you put it on, if it was my system I would put it on the 500 gig drive, and then make a smaller partition on the TB drive for all your windows files. That way, if you mess something up reformatting it, it won't hurt your windows drive (unless of course you don't fix the boot sequence like ramchu mentioned, and that just makes it so you can't boot-windows is still there and works fine, you just can't boot into it without repairing the boot sequence with the windows disc.

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