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Asked by Manav on 2009-02-28

Is it possible to use Ubuntu and Windows on the same machine, if yes than how can I do that. I have downloaded the Ubuntu 8.10, but cant figure out how to install it. I have an external hard drive and i am trying to install Ubuntu on that so I can get used to it before i can get rid of windows. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Michael (mf) said : #1

If you downloaded the ISO burn it to a disk and it will boot from the disk. The install will partition your harddrive for you keeping your windows "half" safe.

See also: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation

Tom (tom6) said : #2

There's more info on these links too

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootFromCD

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

Your external drive should be recognised by the installer. So when you get to the Partitioning section try the "Manual Partitioning" rather than "Guided" and avoid doing anything to the sda drive as that is your Windows drive. The external drive should be something like sdb or perhaps hdb. With the Manual Partitioning option you have to set the "Mount Point" to "/" the / mark is the root of the linux file-structure - in a similar way to C: being the root of the Windows one.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

peter (peter-neuweiler) said : #3

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