Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu

Enils Bashi ebashi at gmail.com
Wed Aug 4 01:22:46 UTC 2010

Hi Terry,

So we can understand you better, is it hardware/software raid, raid 0, raid
1? I don't think you can go wrong with either option you mentioned. It's
just a matter of preference and/or need.

If it's hardware raid, then you have a raid controller, which you can access
and configure as you please. I would use a Raid setup if you have hardware
raid enabled. Why waste it? If you're looking for maximum hardrive speed and
maximum available space choose Raid 0. If you're looking for redundancy
chose Raid 1.

After you have your Raid configured, install Windows, then Ubuntu. I prefer
to install them in this order on my dual boots. When you install the Grub
boot loader in Ubuntu, install it on the master boot record. This way you
will use Grub as your main boot loader.

You should also consider just doing an Ubuntu install and running Windows
from a virtual machine like Vmware or VirtualBox (both are free). You can
also do the opposite: install windows and run Ubuntu as a virtual machine
within Windows. This way you can access both machines at the same time and
not have to reboot.



On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 3:54 PM, Terry Talim <melanyor at gmail.com> 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.
> Thanks. Terry.
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