this is my first question ever in an ubuntu forum , i sused to use google , im newbie to linux i tried near 10 linux distribution and i found that the most stable is ubuntu but i hate unity cause i have to search for every thing , no categorized menu like in linux mint for example

im running ubuntu 14.4.1 , i installed grub on sda

im doing stuff on my ubuntu and saving my files to a ntfs partition , so when installing another OS or a new version of ubuntu i will only format sda1 which contain my current ubuntu installation then i will be able to use my files backed up on the sda2 ntfs partiton in the newer ubuntu version

so next time when i install another fresh install of ubuntu will i have problem with grub cause i installed it in sda not sda1 ??

  • Next time you do a fresh install of Ubuntu, it will overwrite the old grub. So you should be fine. – muru Sep 27 '14 at 19:12

When you install Ubuntu, and if you chose "Something Else" picked manual partitioning, you'll get an option to select the device for GRUB (bootloader) installation (there are pics in this answer). If you didn't modify it (or used one of the other options instead of manual partitioning), you will likely have GRUB installed in /dev/sda, and if you choose to use it for GRUB the next time when you install Ubuntu, the olde GRUB will be overwritten. So you should be safe.

  • thanks ,i installed GRUB in sda , if i choose to install windows in the partition where i have ubuntu now , will i face problems with GRUB on boot ? – ahmed derbala Oct 1 '14 at 18:32
  • Windows usually overwrites GRUB if installed on the hard drive (like you did), so no, you shouldn't face problems. – muru Oct 1 '14 at 18:40
  • waw askubuntu is the fastest forum i ever used ! thanks a lot :) – ahmed derbala Oct 1 '14 at 18:44

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