Installation or use of multiple operating systems on a single computer.

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Boot records messed on dual boot (Win7 and Ubuntu) machine with SSD and HDD

I have a Lenovo Ideapad y570 with two hard drives: SSD and normal HDD both managed by RapidDrive and Windows 7 pre-installed. First, I have shrunk my 500 GB HDD a little bit to make some place for a ...
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How can I manually delete my Ubuntu partition?

Can anyone tell me how to delete Ubuntu from a Linux / Windows dual boot system without harming Windows? I ran sudo fdisk /dev/sda in a linux terminal and got the following output: /dev/sda1 - ...
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Do I need to reserve space before installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 7?

I had Windows 7 32 bit on my existing system, but I am planning to install Ubuntu alongside it. So, I just decided to do a fresh installation of both the operating systems. When I insert the Windows ...
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Which filesystems has first class support on both Linux and Mac OS X [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which file system to use in between OSX and Linux I'm replacing the optical drive on a Macbook with an HDD and plan to use half of the new drive for Linux. The other half I ...
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How can I install Ubuntu on my computer?

I have tried windows 8 cp in my past. I want to install linux ubuntu on my computer for now. I have uninstall win8 but I am not sure about if they have affected my boot setting. actually I am using ...
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After Windows installation, no Linux bootup choice?

I have been setting up my computer for work, which runs Linux Ubuntu, and we use a lot of programs etc. so it has taken a day or two to get it all ready. I was going to have a dual boot with a ...
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Virtualbox: Raw linux partition not booting

I have a dual-boot laptop with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04. I am trying to boot the ubuntu partition from windows using Virtualbox. I have successfully created the .vmdk, and created the virtual ...
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Windows 7 and Windows XP on an SSD+HDD setup?

I'm about to build a new gaming PC for the first time in seven years, and I'm a bit rusty, so I thought I'd ask the community here some advice on the OS side of things before committing some cardinal ...
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restore “vanished” paritions after installing Windows

My partition table used to look like this: [/boot (ext2)] [logical: [linux(ext4) /][linux(ext4) /home][linux swap] ] [windows 7] Windows wasn't booting right, so I figured I'd just reinstall it, no ...
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Windows doesn't show up as bootable operating system on Mac

My MacBook Air running Windows 7 got messed up after my cat forced power off. After a reboot, I kept getting a STOP error trying to boot, and my OS X installation vanished as a bootable OS (and the ...
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Sync dropbox and skydrive folders in a dual boot Win7 - Win8

My laptop has a dual boot between Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview. On Windows 7, I use both Dropbox and Skydrive desktop apps to sync my files. Let's say the location on the hard drive is D:/...
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Initial partition layout on the brand new laptop Dell Inspiron n1510

I have a brand new laptop and want to instal Windows 7 + Ubuntu 12.04. When I started to install Windows, I have discovered 2 partitions on my HDD as you can see on the picture below: /dev/sda1 ...
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Installing Windows 8 on SSD

I'm trying to install Windows 8 (CP) on a 2nd SSD that I have (the 1st SSD has Windows 7). I boot into the installation from a usb stick, select the SSD, and launch the installation. When the computer ...
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How should I partition my disk for dual boot between Windows 7 and Ubuntu?

Here are the facts and my use cases. Hard Drive has a 1TB (terabytes) capacity. On Windows, I will use the computer for: Developing Software. I will need to have installed Mercurial, Visual ...
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Shrink hibernate partition on Windows 7

After a thorough discussion with Google we couldn't consent on this one. How can I shrink the Hibernate partition which was set up by Windows 7 OEM? My laptop has a harddisk drive and an additional ...
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Select which OS to boot when dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu

I'd like to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. If I install Ubuntu on a new partition on the same HDD as my Windows 7 installation (on a seperate partition) how would I could about choosing which OS I'd ...
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Two harddrives, Win7 on one and WinXP on the other

I currently have a PC with a single drive, with WinXP installed. I will soon be adding in another drive to this PC, which had Win7 installed on it (while it was in another machine). When the PC ...
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Use Android phone as multi-boot usb

I have a usb key that I use quite often. I have loaded Yumi on it and use it to boot various live cd's and tools on the PC's that I am troubleshooting. I carry it pretty much everywhere I go. I also ...
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Proper way of installing new SSD in a dual-boot machine

I've recently purchased a SSD where I plan to install Windows 7 from scratch. I't has a SATA 6Gbps interface. The machine where it is going to be installed is a dual-boot PC with a single HDD ...
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installing linux on full disk encrypted machine [duplicate]

I have machine with windows 7 installed and full disk encryption using TrueCrypt. I'm wondering if there is a way to install linux next to windows but without reinstaling everything and loosing data? ...
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Install Ubuntu 12.04 on an external hard-drive

I want to install Ubuntu on an external hard drive, using these instructions. However, I don't want this installation to ever affect my current Windows installation, so that whenever I plug in that ...
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set boot drive manually

I would like to specify the bootdrive of my computer manually (using a switch or microcontroller), because I have currently 3 hard drives in my computer: a Data drive, a hdd with mac osx and a hdd ...
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RAID Storage shared between OSs

What is the best solution to sharing a RAID array between two OSs? I'm planning on installing Win7 and Ubuntu in dual boot, either on the same SSD or two seperate. I also want to have two drives in ...
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When laptop lid is opened, Debian login screen shows up instead of Windows login - how to re-instate?

I installed Debian beside Windows 7 in my laptop. I had an issue with GRUB not recognizing the Windows partitions at first, which I could fix by running grub-update (this found the windows partitions, ...
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Avoiding backup partition getting damaged or lost

I have an HP DV6 2005AX laptop, which came pre-installed Windows 7 Home Premium. It has two partitions C: and D:, the latter is a backup partition to restore the laptop to the factory default state. ...
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Recover partitions with both Windows 7 and Linux installed using TestDisk

I need to recover my partitions using TestDisk. I used deep search and the result is as follows: Disk /dev/sdc - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63 Partition Start End ...
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How do you masquerade a hard drive partition as a removable disk?

I am trying to install Chromium OS on my Windows computer as a secondary OS. I have already used Chrome OS on a live USB before by using Win32DiskImager which writes an image to a removable device. ...
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How to use bluetooth devices under two different operation systems?

I've got an magic mouse and an apple bluetooth keyboard. I usually run ubuntu on my computer, but sometimes I need to use windows 7 from an external disk. Whenever I boot into the other system I ...
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Seprarate /home vs speratate /home + storage partition

I am basically trying a clean install on my laptop to dual boot mint and arch. I want to have some shared storage space for them but separate roots and also get to keep my dot config files from my ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04: both don't boot

My computer loads up then gets to black screen and reads.... Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082) Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation For Atheros PCIE Ethernet Controller v2.0.0.4(03/03/09)...
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Safely removing my linux dual boot

Currently, I dual boot with win7 and opensuse 12.1. Is it okay if I first restore the MBR for win7, and then format the linux drives? Or would it be better for me to first format the linux drives, and ...
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Install Windows 7 on second hard drive after Ubuntu 12.04… with UEFI

What I would like is to have Ubuntu installed on my 60GB SSD and Windows 7 installed on my 1TB HDD in a 100GB partition, leaving the remaining 900GB as a NTFS data partition that I could access from ...
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after linuxmint update hdd wont boot, live cd ubuntu or mint wont work and cannot even reinstall

I had a Linux Mint 9 and Windows 7 dual boot machine that was working fine until Mint was auto updated. Now it won't boot up, live CD's get to the splash screen menu but won't proceed any further. ...
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How to upgrade Ubuntu 9.10 to 12.04 without causing problems for 10.04, my main distro version?

I have a laptop with a dual boot setup with Ubuntu 10.04 as my primary distro and 9.10 as the secondary distro. I want to upgrade 9.10 to 12.04 and keep 10.04 as is. Eventually I might want 12.04 ...
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Grub reports error “Unknown Filesystem” when booting computer

I have Windows 7 pre-installed on my laptop, a Sony VAIO EB46FG. I successfully installed Fedora 16 in a dual boot configuration. I was able to use both OSes for few days. However, now I'm getting a ...
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Dual-Virtualization vs. Dual-Boot vs. Single-Virtualization

A friend of mine recently suggested something that intrigued me: in the case of needing multiple Operating Systems simultaneously, instead of dual-booting or using multiple computers, one could use a ...
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How should I set up my dual-boot so that I can hibernate the secondary OS?

So, my previous setup was a triple-boot of Windows 7, wubi-integrated ubuntu, and then fedora on the last partition using LVM. I have tired of not being able to access my Windows files from ubuntu (...
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screen goes funny when trying to install Ubuntu

I attempted to do the following: download a Ubuntu image file Use UnetBootIn to move that image to a USB drive Boot to the drive Install Ubuntu Steps 1,2 and 3 were all successful. But on step 4, ...
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grub2 multiboot philosophy

Since using grub 2 I am puzzled by the way the boot menu is created. I usually have some extra installations on different disks or partitions. When doing a os-prober and grub-update my menu will ...
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Repairing and reinstalling Windows 7

On my Laptop I am using Windows 7 Home Basic. Along with this I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 using WUBI, and in Another partition of my hard disk I also installed Ubuntu 11.04. If I repair Windows 7 ...
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Windows 7 cannot be installed on external hard drive?

Since we can create a DVD-R or USB Flash drive that boots up Windows 7 but never have I heard about booting up from external hard drive, is it true that we cannot install Windows 7 on external hard ...
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How to create bootable USB flash drive with more than one installation O.S.? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to make a multiboot USB key? What I want to do is to get Windows 7 installation (both x64 + x86) XP installation SP3 HBCD All together in 1 USB flash drive. Is ...
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How to launch Windows XP or 7 from two drives one after another

I'm figuring out how to make something like Apple Bootcamp, but just for Windows. Given 2 hard drives with independent Window copies (XP or 7) installed for the same machine. Can I somehow ...
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Create a multiboot USB drive with Ubuntu and Windows 7 using ISO images [duplicate]

I would like to have a bootable USB drive with some bootable ISO images on it, where some sort of menu appears on boot to select a specific image file on the USB drive and continue boot from that one. ...
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Error while installng Red Hat OS for Dual Boot over Windows 7

I want to have 2 OS installed on my HDD (80GB). I installed Windows 7 first. Then booting from the DVD drive I launch the RHEL setup and in the partitioning phase I get the following errors: ...
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can I clone Windows to another drive, install linux, and dual boot?

I have 3 drives, a 32 GB SSD running Windows 7, a 500 GB HDD with an NTFS Filesystem in use by Windows, and a blank 60 GB SSD. What I want to do is clone my Windows install (using Clonezilla) and ...
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On Windows (and PC), which Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable one?

This is related to question: How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen? about losing the Windows 7 partition completely. I wonder if a Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable ...
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how to make dual boot after recreate partition and reinstall win xp

My disks configuration is: disk0, partitions: p1, p2 disk1, partitions: p3, p4. I had dual-boot: win xp from partition p1 (marked as * by TestDisk), win xp from partition p4 (marked as P by TestDisk)....
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Next time we get a new PC, what is a good way to partition the hard drive right away for dual boot or multiboot later?

Say if we get a PC desktop or notebook next time, we can partition right away so that if we need to install Windows 8 Consumer Review 32 bit, 64 bit, and install Windows 8 both 32 bit and 64 when they ...
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Partitioning 500 GB internal drive (5 partitions) to dual Windows and Ubuntu

I have 500 GB internal drive in my laptop and want to make clean install of Windows 7 and Ubuntu (12.04, when it releases on 23rd April 2012), I've planned following layout. Windows Partition (50 GB)...