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when I install Windows my PC freezes or doesn't even start. It accepts only Ubuntu! When I format it and try installing windows again it crashes. Sometimes I couldn't install ubuntu either but now runs stable 12.04. Is there any huge difference between the way ubuntu works with drives? I mean, is there any chance my drive is damaged and I'm just getting a little more time with it by having ubuntu?Thanks

Edit: I ran a self test with Disk Utility and says "Disk is Healthy" and Bad Sectors "None"! I don't know what else to post. I have the following hardware:

  • Processor : 2x AMD Athlon(tm) II X2 250 Processor
  • Memory : 8164MB (1010MB used)
  • Operating System : Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
  • OpenGL Renderer : GeForce 9600 GT/PCIe/SSE2
  • Disk: Seagate ATA ST3500413AS
  • Motherboard: MSI 970A-G45(MS-7693
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closed as off topic by izx, Rafał Cieślak, Tachyons, Eliah Kagan, jokerdino Jul 21 '12 at 15:08

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Are you installing Ubuntu via CD? Maybe your CD drive is starting to fail. – Eric Carvalho Jul 15 '12 at 14:00
You may try to use another hdd to point out that another hardware component is causing the issue – Janus Reith Jul 15 '12 at 14:03
The problem is the disk because i tried another one and it was fine. No CD problem or usb problem. I'm sure it's the disk but why it runs perfect on ubuntu? Isn't it weird? – Chris Jul 15 '12 at 14:20
Your Pc Specs please – Prasad RD Jul 15 '12 at 14:43
You appear to have a rare combination of hardware which is fully compatible with Ubuntu but not with Windows 7. – izx Jul 21 '12 at 9:45

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I've had some experience where a system i ran an ubuntu dualboot with had failures installing other OSes. My solution was to do a full wipe on the hard drive with dban or shred, then try installing. Of course, back up anything that you hold dear, since both options will completely, irrevocably and rather finally delete any data on your hard drive in a terminally forensically irrecoverable manner.

I'm assuming its some boot sector wierdness, and especially seems common when using restore disks.

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