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> Triple Booting with Ubuntu, Adding Ubuntu to a dual boot config
post Nov 26 2011, 11:19 PM
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I asked this question at another forum but have got no answers so I am posting here also.
"I am currently dual booting XP Pro and Win7 Ultimate, all updated and running fine. I want to add Ubuntu 11.10 to the system, I'm fairly new to Linux but not a newbie. Now, I have done this before BUT, I installed Ubuntu inside either XP or 7 (don't quite remember which). When booting up I would get a bootup screen with about 4 to 6 options for booting into Ubuntu, 2 options for some type of repair and an option to boot into Windows, if I accept the last option (boot into windows), I get another boot screen asking for XP or Win 7, I would like this to be the same after I reinstall Ubuntu to it's own partition and this time I want to partition an area of my boot drive for Ubuntu. I currently run a 85g partition for XP (my main OS), a 45g partition for Win 7 and will add a new 40g partition on the storage partition, (currently 338gb) for Ubuntu and the rest is storage space, I have plenty of space for this. I am currently moving all the stuff in the storage part to another drive.

I hope I explained well what I am trying to do:

The real question is what do I need to be prepared for and what steps do I do if the boot screen doesn't give me what I need. I would like this to go smoothly and I already have Ubuntu 11.04 on my other pc and am getting used to the Unity interface, not as bad as what I have been reading IMO. I would love any suggestions someone might have.
The reason I am doing all this is because my Biostar 6100-M9 MB gave out on me and I replaced it with an Asus A8N-VM, 939 socket board so I lost my installs but nothing important, I never keep important stuff (thank god for live cd's and gparted) on my boot partitions, that is what my storage is for."
By the way, when I am done and everything is working fine I am going to backup the OS partitions with Macrium Reflect and store them on the other drive.

Case: Thermaltake Commander MS-I Snow Edition Tower Case
MB: Foxconn
CPU: AMD Phenom II 965 Black Edition 4 core
DVD: Pioneer Internal 15X Blu-Ray Burner
Ram: Corsair Vengeance 2 * 8GB (2x 4GB), DDR3-1600MHz
HDD: 500g WD Caviar Blue 1t WD Black, 4t Seagate
Video Card: Asus HD7750
OS: Win7 Ultimate w/ Ubuntu 12.04, Cairo-Dock
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post Nov 27 2011, 08:05 AM
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Typically installers create multiple partitions so it is best to provide some unallocated space. Select to use the unallocated space and not an existing partition when the installer asks. The installer should also pick up your existing windows and add that to the boot loader too so in theory it will be like before.
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