I have a workstation with Windows 7 Professional. Following is system summary:
OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601 Other OS Description Not Available OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation System Name RADIOLAB-HP System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard System Model HP Z420 Workstation System Type x64-based PC Processor Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1620 0 @ 3.60GHz, 3601 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s) BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard J61 v03.15, 5/9/2013 SMBIOS Version 2.7 Windows Directory C:\Windows System Directory C:\Windows\system32 Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1 Locale United States Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514" User Name RadioLab-HP\RadioLab Time Zone India Standard Time Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB Total Physical Memory 31.9 GB Available Physical Memory 28.6 GB Total Virtual Memory 63.8 GB Available Virtual Memory 59.8 GB Page File Space 31.9 GB Page File C:\pagefile.sys
The workstation contains two hard disks of ~2TB each. I wish to dual boot this machine with Ubuntu 12.04.2 on the second of the two hard drives with the first reserved for Windows. I tried installing Ubuntu 12.04.2 using a bootable pendrive but the installation threw the 'grub-install /dev/sdX failed' error. The error occurred when I tried to place the bootloader in either of the disks [sda, sda1 (Windows Loader), sdb]. So I rebooted my machine using the Live pendrive, mounted the hard disk containing Windows [sda] and installed GRUB on it using the 'grub-install...' command. This, in turn, caused problems with my Windows bootloader and just started showing the minimalist GRUB bash on startup. I used the Windows recovery disk to fix the Windows MBR.
So, my questions now are: a) How do I go about installing Ubuntu on my workstation? Should I try installing an Ubuntu version higher than 12.04.2? b) Where should I place GRUB?
Please let me know if any further information about my machine is required. Thanks for your help.