Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu

James Hogarth james.hogarth at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 08:12:08 BST 2010


True that... given the nature of notebooks there is so much that could
happen to them (dropped, soaked, lost, etc) that a failed hard disk is most
likely the least of your concerns... you should have regular backups anyway
to protect your data.

On 2 Aug 2010 22:14, "Peter Hillier-Brook" <phb at hbsys.plus.com> wrote:
> On 02/08/2010 20:54, Terry Talim wrote:
>> Hi, I tried dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu about 6 months ago and
>> I could not get it to work. GRUB kept failing and I couldn't figure
>> out why. Many people helped me along my quest (thanks to all of them)
>> and I have come to a conclusion but I would like some last advice.
>>
>> I have a Sony VAIO with two hard drives that were automatically
>> configured in RAID by the manufacturer. I used the ubuntu live cd to
>> try and install my dual boot, and this is why it failed.
>>
>> I've been told I need to use the alt installation, which will be
>> compatible with RAID.
>>
>> The advice I was given leaves me with two choices, and I'd like your
>> opinion on what you think is best for a beginner.
>>
>> Option 1: Dual boot over the RAID using the "alt install" for
>> ubuntu.
>>
>> Option 2: Disable the RAID, install W7 and Ubuntu on one drive, and
>> use the second drive as a data disk.
>>
>> If you have some input please let me know, thanks in advance for the
>> advice.
>
> I find that Windows on one disk and Ubuntu on the other is a good
> configuration. Several different machines have been trouble-free this
> way. Personally I wouldn't use RAID with just 2 disks, especially on a
> notebook.
>
> Peter HB
>
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