How To Dual Boot Ubuntu And Windows On An Existing HDD Without Losing Data
Most computer users have heard of dual booting, but have you ever wondered if it’s possible to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on an existing hard drive without losing data? In this blog article, we’ll discuss how to do just that. Find out how you can enjoy the benefits of both operating systems without having to worry about your important files being wiped out!
Introduction: What is Dual Boot and How Does It Work?
A dual boot system is one that has two different operating systems installed on two different partitions of the same hard drive. The advantage of a dual boot system is that you can choose which operating system to boot into when you start your computer. For example, if you have a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu, you can choose to boot into Windows when you want to use Microsoft Office, or choose to boot into Ubuntu when you want to play games.
The disadvantage of a dual boot system is that it can be difficult to keep both operating systems up to date, and you may have difficulty accessing data stored on one operating system from the other.
If you want to install a dual boot system on your existing hard drive, there are a few things you need to do first:
1. Backup your data! This is important because if something goes wrong during the installation process, you don’t want to lose everything.
2. Partition your hard drive. This will create two separate areas for each operating system. Be sure to leave enough space for both operating systems!
3. Install the first operating system. We’ll assume here that you’re installing Windows first. Follow the installation process until it’s complete. Then, reboot your computer and begin installing the second operating system (Ubuntu). Again, follow the installation process until it’s complete.
4. Configure the boot order in BIOS so that your computer will start up in whichever operating system you want as
Prerequisites for Setting Up a Dual Boot System
In order to set up a dual boot system on your existing hard drive, there are a few things you’ll need to make sure you have in place first:
– A hard drive with enough storage space for both operating systems. If you’re planning on using Ubuntu alongside Windows 10, for example, you’ll need at least 20GB of free space on your hard drive for Ubuntu.
– A blank USB flash drive with at least 2GB of storage space. This will be used to create a live USB of Ubuntu, which we’ll use to install the operating system.
– A copy of the Ubuntu ISO file. This can be downloaded from the Ubuntu website. Make sure you download the 64-bit version if your computer is running a 64-bit version of Windows.
Once you have everything ready, follow the steps below to set up your dual boot system:
1) Backup your important files. While setting up a dual boot system is generally safe, it’s always better to play it safe and backup your important files before proceeding, just in case something goes wrong.
2) Create a live USB of Ubuntu. Plug in your USB flash drive and open the Ubuntu ISO file you downloaded earlier. Use Rufus (Windows) or Etcher (macOS) to create a live USB of Ubuntu on your flash drive. 3) Boot from the live USB and install Ubuntu. Once you’ve created your live USB, restart your computer and
Partitioning an Existing Hard Drive (HDD)
Assuming that you have Windows installed on your computer, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a new partition for Ubuntu. You can do this in a number of ways, but we’ll be using the free partition manager EaseUS Partition Master Free.
Once you’ve downloaded and installed EaseUS Partition Master Free, launch the program and select your hard drive (HDD) from the list of drives on the left-hand side. Right-click on your HDD and select ‘Resize/Move partition’.
In the next window, you’ll need to enter the amount of space you want to allocate for your Ubuntu partition. We recommend at least 25GB, but more if you plan on installing a lot of programs or storing a lot of files. Once you’ve entered the desired size, click ‘OK’ and then ‘Apply’ to make the changes.
After resizing your HDD, you should now see an unallocated space where your Ubuntu partition will go. To create the actual partition, right-click on the unallocated space and select ‘Create’. Choose ‘Primary’ as the partition type and give it a label like ‘Ubuntu’, then click ‘OK’ and ‘Apply’.
Now that you have a separate partition for Ubuntu, it’s time to install the operating system itself. Boot from your Ubuntu installation media (a USB drive or CD/DVD) and choose ‘Install Ubuntu’. On the following screen,
Installing Ubuntu on the HDD Partition
Assuming you have Windows already installed and working on your computer, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a new partition for Ubuntu. To do this, open the Disk Management tool by pressing the Windows key + R, then typing in ‘diskmgmt.msc’.
Once the Disk Management tool opens, find your main hard drive (usually labeled as ‘C:’) and right-click on it. Choose ‘Shrink Volume’ from the menu that appears.
In the next window, you’ll be asked how much space you want to shrink your hard drive by. You’ll need to leave at least 20 GB of space for Ubuntu, but more if you plan on installing a lot of programs or storing a lot of files. Once you’ve decided on the size of your new partition, click ‘Shrink’ to continue.
Now that you have an empty partition ready for Ubuntu, insert your Ubuntu installation DVD or USB drive into your computer and restart it. Make sure that your computer is set to boot from DVD or USB before continuing.
Once your computer boots from the Ubuntu installer, select ‘Install Ubuntu’ from the menu that appears and press Enter. On the next screen, choose ‘Something Else’ when asked how you’d like to install Ubuntu and press Enter again.
On the next screen, select the empty partition that you created earlier and press Enter once more. From here, follow the rest of the prompts until Ubuntu
Installing Windows on the HDD Partition
Assuming you have Windows installed on your computer, the first thing you need to do is create a new partition for Ubuntu. To do this, open the Disk Management tool by pressing ⊞ Win+R and typing diskmgmt.msc. Right-click on your main hard drive (usually C:) and select ‘Shrink Volume.’ You’ll be asked how much you want to shrink it by – make sure you leave at least 20 GB of space for Ubuntu. Once that’s done, right-click on the unallocated space and select ‘New Simple Volume.’ Follow the prompts to create a new NTFS partition with around 20 GB of space.
Now that you have a place for Ubuntu, you need to download it. Head over to the Ubuntu website and download the latest version of the operating system. Once it’s finished downloading, open up your Downloads folder and double-click on the ISO file to open it in 7-Zip (or your favorite extraction program). Extract all of the files from the ISO to your newly created NTFS partition – make sure not to extract them to your Windows partition!
Once that’s done, reboot your computer and boot from the Ubuntu USB drive or CD (you may need to change your boot order in BIOS). When asked whether you want to try or install Ubuntu, choose ‘Install.’ On the next screen, choose ‘Something Else’ when asked how you want to partition your disk – this will let
Booting Into Ubuntu or Windows Depending On Your Device
If you are dual-booting your device between Ubuntu and Windows, you may find it necessary to occasionally boot into either operating system depending on what you need to use your device for. If you need to boot into Ubuntu, you can do so by selecting the ‘Ubuntu’ option from your device’s Boot Menu. If you need to boot into Windows, you can do so by selecting the ‘Windows’ option from your device’s Boot Menu.
Resizing and Reorganizing Partitions After The Installation Has Been Completed
If you’ve installed Ubuntu alongside Windows on your HDD, you may find that you need to resize and reorganize your partitions at some point. This can be done easily using the Ubuntu Disk Utility.
Open the Disk Utility and select the partition you want to resize. Select the ‘Resize’ option and enter the new size for the partition. If you want to move the partition, select the ‘Move’ option and enter the new location for the partition. Once you’re done, click ‘Apply’ to save your changes.
Troubleshooting Tips for Dual
If you’re having trouble dual booting Ubuntu and Windows on your existing hard drive, here are a few troubleshooting tips that may help.
First, make sure that you have enough free space on your hard drive for both operating systems. You’ll need at least 20 GB of free space for Ubuntu, and another 20 GB for Windows. If you don’t have enough free space, you can try deleting unnecessary files or programs to free up some space.
Next, check to see if your computer’s BIOS is set to boot from the correct drive. The BIOS should be set to boot from the drive that contains your Windows operating system. If it’s not, you can change the boot order in the BIOS settings.
Finally, if you’re still having trouble, try using a live USB or CD/DVD of Ubuntu instead of installing it on your hard drive. This will allow you to test whether or not your computer is compatible with Ubuntu without actually installing it. If everything works fine from the live USB or CD/DVD, then you can go ahead and install Ubuntu on your hard drive.