Ubuntu – How to install Ubuntu on a second hard drive with Windows being on the first


I have recently got an Alienware M17x R4 and since it has two hard drive bays I was thinking of putting my hard drive from my old laptop and installing Ubuntu on it without making any changes to the drive that has Windows on it. Also if possible to add a entry to the Windows boot loader to boot Ubuntu instead of using GRUB.

Best Answer

That's simple:

  1. First download the ISO file then burn it to a CD/DVD or use Unetbootin to get a bootable USB, select the Installation media to boot first from your BIOS.
  2. Once you're in the Live Session, choose Install Ubuntu.
  3. When you get to the Choose an Option screen, select Do Something Else.
  4. Locate the Second drive and choose to Install the System on the second drive.
  5. Choose to also install the bootloader on the 2nd drive, make sure it's the drive and not a partition (i.e. /dev/sda and not /dev/sda1)
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