I'm totally clueless when it comes to Linux and its distributions. I'm also not very used to the command-line, but I thought maybe I could use Ubuntu and learn more about it. I have two hard drives, one has Windows XP and the other is empty. I want to install Ubuntu on the empty drive without erasing anything from the other one. Is there a way?

I don't know about GRUB either, so can you guys help me?

  • there a lot of tutorial on Internet like this wikihow.com/Dual-Boot-Windows-XP-and-Ubuntu – Hany Alsamman Oct 8 '13 at 6:38
  • Yeah, I took a look at those but they were confusing at parts. Particularly with partitions. I have 2 HDDs, but is it required to make a partition anyway? Should I just install it normally on the second drive? – Jansy Oct 8 '13 at 7:25
  • Is is ok to have just one partition on each hard drive. The installer should create that for you automatically. – Eero Aaltonen Oct 8 '13 at 7:39
  • I'll see what I can do then. – Jansy Oct 8 '13 at 7:47

In general you can just follow the instructions Hany gave you, but since you want to install them on two discs you should check the something else option in the installation process. Now you should make all partitions needed. In this article they describe the partitions, they choose to make a separate /home partition, this is sometimes useful because all your application settings en personal documents are saved there, and when you reinstall these remain untouched. but you can also just make a /boot, a swap and a / partition (just fill all the left over space with /)

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