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I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed and updated on my external hard drive, and I want to be able to access my internal hard drives via Ubuntu. One of the internal hard drives has windows 7 on it and the other is a 1 TB hard drive for my main storage. I can't figure out how to access my other hard drives while in Ubuntu.

Also, is there anyway to make it so that if I don't have my external plugged in it boots straight into windows 7 but if I plug it in it gives me a boot option to go between both without having to click f11 to go into boot menu?

Thanks for the help! :)

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Please split this into two questions: one on accessing additional hard disks (the answer to which you should be able to google) and one about installing a boot manager that will ignore missing external disks and boot straight into windows or, if present, allow you to choose from boot options on internal and external disks. –  DrSAR Apr 19 '13 at 20:02
    
please, could just answer either of them mainly the harddrive problem please –  Chris Taylor Apr 19 '13 at 22:41
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You mount them. If you have tried it, what did you do and why didn't it work?

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As an answer to your first question, you should be able to access your internal hard drives by mounting them in nautilus. You can do this by opening up 'files', then clicking on the partitions on the left panel.

For your second question, there is no way to do this as far as I know. This is by design of the boot system, as if you install GRUB onto your hard disk it will either always expect Ubuntu to be plugged in, or it will always boot straight to Windows. There is unfortunately no way to give an option besides going into the BIOS boot menu by using f11.

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