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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ Installing Ubuntu 8.04 question

Posted by: tile89 Dec 15 2008, 08:51 PM

hey, i tried to install ubuntu 8.04 because i had trouble with drivers on 8.10 and i installed it without wubi is what i usually use. Anyway, when i tried to install i chose to install on my WD My Book 500GB external hardrive. The thing is, it installed wrong and won't work and it also deleted all the items off my external hardrive! i went back into windows xp and couldn't even access my external hardrive. i don't know if this topic belongs in this place but please help me because i spent a lot of my money for this hardrive and would hate to not be able to use it.
Thanks :/

Posted by: michaelk Dec 16 2008, 06:06 PM

Here is a howto on install ubuntu to a USB drive.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/04/14/ubuntu-804-usb-hard-drive-install/
Many more can be found by googling.

Now without know exactly what steps you performed to install it is difficult to tell where you went wrong. Without some more information I will say that the installer reformated the entire drive to a
linux filesystem which can not be read by windows. Typically installers will ask if you want to use the entire drive, resize existing partitions are create new ones.

Your data is probably still intact but will not be easy to restore. No mention if want you to attempt to recover the data or just move on. If you want to use the drive for both linux and windows you will
need to create seperate partitions. You can not install linux on a NTFS filesystem. You can use windows to create a partition of the size you desire and leave the rest unallocated for linux.


Posted by: tile89 Dec 17 2008, 04:58 PM

QUOTE (michaelk @ Dec 16 2008, 05:06 PM) *
Here is a howto on install ubuntu to a USB drive.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/2008/04/14/ubuntu-804-usb-hard-drive-install/
Many more can be found by googling.

Now without know exactly what steps you performed to install it is difficult to tell where you went wrong. Without some more information I will say that the installer reformated the entire drive to a
linux filesystem which can not be read by windows. Typically installers will ask if you want to use the entire drive, resize existing partitions are create new ones.

Your data is probably still intact but will not be easy to restore. No mention if want you to attempt to recover the data or just move on. If you want to use the drive for both linux and windows you will
need to create seperate partitions. You can not install linux on a NTFS filesystem. You can use windows to create a partition of the size you desire and leave the rest unallocated for linux.


thank you i will try to do that, do you recommend a certain program to use to partition the drive?

Posted by: michaelk Dec 17 2008, 07:21 PM

Do you prefer windows or linux?

Posted by: tile89 Dec 21 2008, 12:00 AM

i prefer linux most definitely even though i still have some problems with it and am getting used to it.
it is faster, free...er..i don't think that is a word but still, safer, quicker, etc. etc. and also better looking.
so yeah, i prefer linux but...still getting used to it.

Posted by: michaelk Dec 21 2008, 03:15 PM

Did you ever get Ubuntu installed?

Posted by: tile89 Dec 21 2008, 04:06 PM

yeah I got it working smile.gif

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