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Is there a way to install ubuntu onto a separate drive while running ubuntu? I know I can do it with via CD or USB but I don't have those at my disposal right now.

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migrated from Nov 4 '11 at 0:53

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Sure, but AFAIK, there is not fancy wizard. You need to build the partitions and filesystems yourself manually, then you run debootstrap, to do the base install. Add the required kernel packages, and a few other non-base packages, then manually adjust your boot loader configuration.

There are many guides out there that cover the specific details, this procedure is commonly used for building virtual machines, livecds, chroot environments, and so on.

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Thanks man! debootstrap is what I was looking for I think. I'm going to run with this for a few before I mark this as answered. Thanks again! – Adam Carr Nov 3 '11 at 23:44
FWIW Here is the link I ended up finding helpful in doing this with ubuntu.… – Adam Carr Nov 4 '11 at 0:24

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