[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

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

James Milligan
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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

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!


ubuntu-uk at lists.ubuntu.com

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