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My RAID array is dying and I had planned to install a distro on my backup drive to boot into as my CD drive is junked and my old 780i refuses to boot from USB. I downloaded the installer MSI. I see it lets me choose installation drive as well as size but has no repartitioning options or Folder installation options.

tl;dr- I have a 2TB NTFS backup drive I want to install ubuntu on and set the drive as bootable without losing any of my data. What is the behavior of the installer, it's rather ambiguous.

EDIT: I should clarify, my backup drive has 1 partition.

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Fantastic, there is no way that profile photo should be associated with the e-mail I gave. I should have done this in a VM with a throwaway e-mail. –  JSG Apr 3 '13 at 1:04
How is the backup drive setup? Your question is also rather ambiguous.. If you happen to have a LVM currently, you will want to look into the alternate install. Need more info –  Scott Goodgame Apr 3 '13 at 1:19
No LVM, the drive I want to install it on is just a 2TB drive with one NTFS partition on it. Ideally I would like to install it within this partition. I know running on NTFS is not a long term option, I just need a temporary way to bootstrap when I break up my RAID and toss the bad HD; then I will do a proper install on the remaining 'old RAID HD' and remove linux from the backup drive. EDIT: I need to do this because I have no quick way to get running again if my RAID fails. My CD drive is fubar and my BIOS refuses to recognize my USB drives. –  JSG Apr 3 '13 at 1:40
I remember several years ago this was definitely an option on one of the distros, I do not recall what flavor though. You could install within an NTFS filesystem in any directory and linux would basically be chroot to there, and you could even boot into it from an icon on the Win desktop. I'm just looking for something like that as a temp fix. –  JSG Apr 3 '13 at 1:46
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