Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Software and Operating Systems
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-05-2012, 02:03 PM   #1
Beta Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: England
Posts: 3
Default Transferring windows to external harddrive

Can someone help l, I would like to completely clone my laptops harddrive and put it on an external harddrive with 320gb of space, I am running windows 7 and I would like to put that on the external harddrive with all my files. Then I would like to wipe my laptop and put Ubuntu on it as the only os, then if possible I would like to be able to switch between the two os's either in a boot menu or something like it. If that is extremely complicated or impossible I would like to try a second option where I use he external harddrive as extra space and partition the two of them so windows is on my laptop and ubuntu is on the external hdd and I can switch between them in the boot menu.
__________________

timmytom96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #2
Fully Optimized
 
BikerEcho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Denmark
Posts: 4,013
Default Re: Transferring windows to external harddrive

if you want to clone a harddrive there are software for that.
like acronis. get the free trail version or get the full version somewhere else.

if i where you i will install both OS'es on the laptop and use the external HDD as backup.
you need to split the hdd into 2 partitions and install ubuntu on the new one.
you can split the HDD with HirensBoot. i have never tryed it before, so check out a step by step guide on "dual booting linux" to be sure that you are doing it right.
__________________

BikerEcho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #3
Beta Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: England
Posts: 3
Default Re: Transferring windows to external harddrive

Thanks for the advice echonatek, does anyone know if there is a way to have the portable hdd plugged in the computer and partition the two of them as if they are one a link to a tutorial would be great, thanks
timmytom96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #4
Fully Optimized
 
BikerEcho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Denmark
Posts: 4,013
Default Re: Transferring windows to external harddrive

i dont know if you can do that if you are not using raid.
if you want raid you need 2 sata or ide harddrives and a computer with raid support.

if it is possible to merge 2 harddrives with different transfer standards i don't think it would be a good idea. it might cause problems, and the one half will be faster then the other.
use the external HDD as a data drive.
BikerEcho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #5
Beta Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: England
Posts: 3
Default Re: Transferring windows to external harddrive

K thanks I know what to do now you've been a lot of help
timmytom96 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2012, 12:25 PM   #6
..m.0,0.m..
Site Team
 
iPwn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 3,870
Default Re: Transferring windows to external harddrive

timmytom96,
First, test Ubuntu. Many users who want to test out Ubuntu will partition their drive, install Ubuntu or even make the giant leap to have it as the only OS, only to return to Windows. Download VMWare Player and install Ubuntu in there. This creates a virtual machine and you get the experience of using Ubuntu. If you then wish to continue with installing locally, continue reading.
Your best option is to partition your laptop harddrive using the Windows 7 Disk Management 'snap-in'. You'll essentially shrink your current partition enough to allow an additional partition of 20+ GB's. Then, throw in the Ubuntu CD and reboot, install Ubuntu on the newly created 20GB partition. This will put GRUB (Boot Menu) on the drive for you, allowing you to select which OS you wish to boot into.
When dual booting Windows and Linux, install Windows first. When you install Windows 7 alongside a non-microsoft OS, it won't install the Bootloader, making it impossible to boot into the other OS without a [relatively] ridiculous configuration process.
With the currently available consumer software, I doubt that you can RAID two drastically different drives (SATA/USB).
__________________

__________________
Me: You'd think as the dominant species we wouldn't be so effing stupid.
J: We're just intelligent enough to be completely effing stupid.
iPwn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cloning, harddrive, hdd, partitioning, ubuntu

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0