I have given up on installing Ubuntu 12.04.01 for the sixth time. I finally got Windows XP to work again. So I blitzted the Ubuntu partition and the swap partition and was about to install the sixth try when it occurred to me that ought to ask how is is "supposed" to go. My installer will install Ubuntu on the Linus ext4 partition I created by hand in Windows on my C drive. But the installer keeps insisting on installing the OS on my D drive unless I intervene. So if I choose "do something else" it will accept installing Ubuntu on the C drive in the partition I previously created, but it insists on putting the "Device for boot loader installation" on the D drive. I can select a different drive at this point (where I could not with the "along side windows choice) but what drive to I choose??? It lists sda, sda1, sda5, sdb and sdb1. The five times before this all ended in disaster letting the installer choose. So I need human intervention. Where is the safe place to do this. The results from the previous attempts left me with only the Ubuntu that would boot, the boot to windows from the grub menu failed every time. Is there a better version of Ubuntu I can use? Is V12.04.01 messed up? My goal is still to use Wine on it to run PC programs. I would like to find a shell or skin or something that makes it seem like windows but have the security and power of Linux under the good. I have seen this type of system and it worked very well. I know I am getting long winded but I have been though at least four of the seven rings of hell already, so I want this install to be the last.
You should allow GRUB to be installed to
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Is this set of installs your first experience with Ubuntu or Linux in general? If so i would recommend that you install using wubi. You should be able to just insert the disk while windows is running and let autorun install ubuntu as if its any other application. Its a lot simpler for you to try it out for the first time, rather than giving up due to frustration (you seem to have higher thresholds than most i know tho..)
Getting back to the problem at hand. It appears that you are using 2 physical harddisks, from the sda-sdb drives (C drive and D isnt clear since it typically refers to partitions and not necessarily drives). You should be able to follow matt davis's advice and force the installer to install in sda, any other option would render ubuntu unreachable since windows doesnt know what linux is...