[ubuntu-uk] Dual booting (Was: Re: Bug Day)

James Milligan lake54 at lake54.com
Tue Jul 29 16:05:50 BST 2008


Thanks for your reply

I asked my Dad before, and I'm actually incredibly surprised, as he said yes
to installing Ubuntu (fully! Not just WUBI etc)

Is it ok to follow the guide at
http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_first.htm
?

Mainly just checking that there aren't any major flaws with it etc.

Also, can someone advise me on a Windows program that can partition my drive
more effectively than the built-in one with Windows? I've got a ~300 GB HDD,
293 is registering (that's pretty much normal), I've got ~65 GB free, but
can only create a new partition of 2GB (shrinking the main partition by 2GB,
therefore expanding unused space).

To your OT point - incredibly true - I've never once gone to Add/Remove
programs to install /anything/ - and that's saying something, 'cause I help
loads of people with Windows - even work in a computer shop, which means I
come in contact with XP and Vista a lot, although I haven't seen any Vista
boxes come in yet...

Assuming everything goes well, I could be using Ubuntu by the end of
tomorrow!
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-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Neil Greenwood
Sent: 29 July 2008 14:55
To: lake54 at lake54.com; British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Dual booting (Was: Re: Bug Day)

2008/7/29 James Milligan <lake54 at lake54.com>:
> Can I use a USB external HDD? If I could, would there be a noticeable 
> difference in performance? Also got no problems with backing up, got 
> plenty of storage ;-)

Hi James,

Welcome to the list.

An external HDD is perfectly usable, although it will be a bit slower
- whether or not you notice it will depend on which version of USB you're
using (USB 2 is best), and how much you're using the hard disc.
I've not tried it, but I imagine it will be similar to using the LiveCD -
starting programs might be noticeably slower but using them should be fairly
quick.

Otherwise, I second Stephen's suggestion of using WUBI. This is like a
virtual machine in that it uses a large file on the Windows partition to
store the Ubuntu data, but you choose which OS to run when you boot the PC
(like a normal dual-boot setup). If you decide to get rid of it, take a trip
to Windows' "Add/Remove Programs" applet.

OT: isn't it funny how Windows users only use that applet to remove
programs, whereas it actually does what it says under Ubuntu!

Hwyl,
Neil.

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