switch os's on to each other hdds?

Tizm

JESSE, WE GOT TO COOK!
OP
Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
Messages
501
Trophies
0
Location
Ottawa, Ontario
XP
1,247
Country
Canada
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?
 

TotalInsanity4

GBAtemp Supreme Overlord
Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2014
Messages
10,806
Trophies
0
Location
Under a rock
XP
9,803
Country
United States
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?
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
 

RevPokemon

GBATemp's 3rd Favorite Transgirl
Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
4,840
Trophies
0
Age
26
Location
Fort Gay, West Virginia
XP
2,279
Country
United States
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
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.
 

TotalInsanity4

GBAtemp Supreme Overlord
Member
Joined
Dec 1, 2014
Messages
10,806
Trophies
0
Location
Under a rock
XP
9,803
Country
United States
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.
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
 

Joom

 ❤❤❤
Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
6,024
Trophies
1
Location
US
Website
mogbox.net
XP
5,961
Country
United States
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.
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.
 
Last edited by Joom,
  • Like
Reactions: TotalInsanity4

RevPokemon

GBATemp's 3rd Favorite Transgirl
Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2014
Messages
4,840
Trophies
0
Age
26
Location
Fort Gay, West Virginia
XP
2,279
Country
United States
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.
Interesting then as I never knew about that. I will have to keep that in mind for future Windows updates.
 
  • Like
Reactions: TotalInsanity4

Tizm

JESSE, WE GOT TO COOK!
OP
Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
Messages
501
Trophies
0
Location
Ottawa, Ontario
XP
1,247
Country
Canada
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.
 
  • Like
Reactions: TotalInsanity4

Joom

 ❤❤❤
Member
Joined
Jan 8, 2016
Messages
6,024
Trophies
1
Location
US
Website
mogbox.net
XP
5,961
Country
United States
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.
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.
 

Tizm

JESSE, WE GOT TO COOK!
OP
Member
Joined
Mar 24, 2015
Messages
501
Trophies
0
Location
Ottawa, Ontario
XP
1,247
Country
Canada
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.
I know about how she has to copy her save data and mods.
And while you are at it back up anything else you dont want to disappear in case if something happens.
will need to get out my external hdd thx so much d00ds
 
  • Like
Reactions: TotalInsanity4

You may also like...

General chit-chat
Help Users
    Psionic Roshambo @ Psionic Roshambo: Well they cool off in the morgue at least lol