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February 21st, 2008, 07:34 AM
Actually it's a partitioning question, I guess. I'm running XP Pro NTFS. I was going to install Ubuntu just to play around with it, and maybe migrate to it someday. If I do set up this dual boot, and don't like Linux for some reason, can I revert the entire drive back to XP, eliminating the dual boot and the extra partition? Or if I like Linux, can I eliminate the partition containing XP and just have a single boot to Ubuntu?
February 21st, 2008, 07:55 AM
The answer is yes in both cases.
February 21st, 2008, 04:42 PM
Thanks. I will read the site.
February 21st, 2008, 05:35 PM
I also have a question about Ubuntu. I'd like to wipe my present installation and make a data partition and then re-install Ubuntu. How would I go about it? Would I use G-Parted? Can it be done using the Ubuntu installation disk and if so could someone point the way to a decent ( readable) tutorial?
February 21st, 2008, 05:37 PM
Let me ask for an opinion. I won't hold anyone to it.
Rather than install Ubuntu to a separate partition on my main XP Pro drive, I have a removable tray in a mobile rack which is connected to my MB through a Promise IDE card. This is where I store all my Acronis back up images. If I put a blank drive in that rack, can I install Ubuntu to it without affecting the XP Pro NTFS installation on the main SATA drive containing my XP installation?
I know Windows have sometimes been able to detect other operating systems on other drives, causing the Windows installation to get all screwed up. If I do this, I just want to be sure this won't mess with my Main OS.
I guess that's about as clear as mud. I will be happy to clarify further if you like.
February 21st, 2008, 05:38 PM
You can pretty much do anything you like with the Ubuntu install disk. Just load it up and select manual partitioning, or custom, I don't remember the exact term they use. I like to set up my / and swap on the C drive, and put /home for data on the D drive. But you can pretty much do as you please with the partitioner in the install CD. If you're wiping it all clean, just spend a little time experimenting with it till you get the results you want. It's not too difficult, just takes some actual practice.
February 22nd, 2008, 12:31 PM
Thanks Kerodo, I'll give it a go.
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