Dual Booting

Rashkae ubuntu at tigershaunt.com
Sat May 17 11:33:36 UTC 2008

Michael Darling wrote:
> Hi,
> I have just installed Ubuntu 8.4 on a machine with two hard drives. The first (drive C:) is Windows XP. I installed Ubuntu onto a 250GB drive (F: in windows) and all seemed to go well. I was expecting GRUB to be installed automatically to allow me to choose the OS to boot into, however the machine starts as it always did, ie. going straight into XP with no mention of Ubuntu.
> Have I got to install GRUB manually, and if so how, or have I done something else wrong?
> Many thanks for any help.
> Mike

Quite possibly, the Ubuntu Install cd did not know which of your two
hard drives your computer boots from.. This is especially problematic if
you have mix SATA and IDE.

Try configuring your BIOS to boot from your other hard drive and see if
Ubuntu installed itself properly there.  If that works, then you can
configure grub to boot Windows off the other drive as well (or it might
even already be set up that way.)

This would be an ideal setup, as you would have a grub install one one
HD and a pure windows on the other, which you can switch to right from
the BIOS.

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