Ubuntu question.

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  1. Dave49

    Dave49 Registered Member

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    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?

    ~Dave
     
  2. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Re: Obuntu question.

    Hello,
    The answer is yes in both cases.
    Mrk
     
  3. Dave49

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    Re: Obuntu question.

    Thanks. I will read the site.

    ~Dave
     
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    Re: Obuntu question.

    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?
     
  5. Dave49

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    Re: Obuntu question.

    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.

    Thanks,

    ~Dave
     
  6. Kerodo

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    Re: Obuntu question.

    Riverrun:

    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.
     
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    Thanks Kerodo, I'll give it a go.
     
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