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I currently have Kubuntu running on a large SATA drive. I am considering setting up KXStudio to dual boot. Rather than messing up my current partitions I am thinking of adding an old IDE drive and installing KXStudio there. I'll probably share the swap and data partitions.

Any potential pitfalls with this?

I've not dual-booted multiple Linuxes before. Is KXStudio likely to set up GRUB for me?

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If KXStudio doesn't set up GRUB you can always install grub from the Ubuntu live CD – Reuben Swartz Mar 1 '11 at 13:33
sudo update-grub – Allan Mar 1 '11 at 22:01
up vote 1 down vote accepted


  • Is based on Ubuntu and uses the Ubiquity installer which should detect any previous Ubuntu installations and add them to GRUB
  • The only pitfall if any is the fact that it will be on an IDE drive so file transfers and the like might be a bit sluggish

Hope this helps

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Well it worked out a bit easier than I expected. I thought re-partitioning the big drive would be tricky, but KX let me resize one to make room, so didn't use other drive. Not getting GRUB menu yet, so need to look into that. Still using Kubuntu for now. Thx – steevc Mar 1 '11 at 21:44
Where did you install grub to? If you put it on the root of the second drive, you will need to press the key your BIOS uses to change boot device (most newer computers use F12) and tell it to boot from the second hard drive. – Brian Mar 1 '11 at 21:54
I'm not sure where grub went. I did sudo update-grub from Kubuntu and now get the menu. – steevc Mar 2 '11 at 11:58
KDE has an Elitist "personality" doesn't like to share with any thing :) – Allan Mar 2 '11 at 12:04

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