switch os's on to each other hdds?

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  1. NutymcNuty
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    sorry the title doesn't make alot of sense, im really loving ubuntu mate, anyway i want to switch ubuntu to my bigger hdd and put windows on my smaller one, should I? Is it worth the possible troubles?
     
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    That... might be complicated. You can try booting into Windows and sizing the partition of the bigger Windows HDD waaaay down and then use a partition manager to copy the entire smaller drive into a new partition on the larger one. Then, boot into Ubuntu (if you still can) and move the shrunk Windows partition to the smaller HDD, and re-expand both partitions to fill the entire drive

    That's all entirely theoretical and I've never done it myself, but it SHOULD work
     
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    Only issue is wouldn't that screw up his booting up into Ubuntu MATE? Generally I was always told that the Windows boot manager always tries to over run grub so it is normally best to install Windows first and then a Linux or other Unix OS. Again that is theoretically speaking as well.
     
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    I'm fairly certain it would, he would have to specify the partition he wants to boot into in the BIOS because Ubuntu's MBR would most likely be too far away on the disk for the Windows Boot Manager to detect it
     
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    Code:
    grub-install /dev/sd* && grub-mkconfig - o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
    It's pretty easy to regain control. :) * being the boot partition of course. Also, this will have to be done from a Live session. Just mount your boot partition and go from there.

    Though quite honestly, it'd be in the OP's best interest to back everything up and start fresh.
     
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    Interesting then as I never knew about that. I will have to keep that in mind for future Windows updates.
     
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    thanks for all the help, im going to get my sister to copy her *legit* sims 3 with mods over to my external hdd so she can still be able to play after i reinstall windows and ubuntu.
     
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    That won't work. You'll have to reinstall the game, though the saves can be backed up as they're kept in My Documents.
     
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    And while you are at it back up anything else you dont want to disappear in case if something happens.
     
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    I know about how she has to copy her save data and mods.
    will need to get out my external hdd thx so much d00ds
     
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    Your welcome:)
     
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