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How can I safely transfer my files and switch from Windows 7 Ultimate RC2 to Ubuntu across 2 hard drives attached to the same motherboard efficiently?

Asked by edmann13 (294 points ) May 6th, 2012

Windows 7 RC2 is installed in one. An Ubuntu partition, and a corrupted Windows XP partition are on the other one. I want to get everything on the one with Win7 on it. It’s bigger/faster.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Burn a DVD with the files. Then copy the DVD.

Vincentt's avatar

You can just boot Ubuntu, install GNOME Partition Editor (aka gparted) and use that to format the Windows hard drive (to ext4, probably). I would then recommend you to copy everything under /home to the newly empty hard drive and set that as the new location for /home. You can then simply delete the old /home folder (you might want to rename that before you set the new one as /home’s mount point) so free up space for the system. A big benefit is that you can do reinstalls of Ubuntu and re-use all your personal files and settings (though a backup is never a bad idea – in fact, you should set up a regular back-up by default).

Important to keep in mind, though, is that you probably only want to do this if you have some knowledge of partitioning (or have a recent back-up of everything and know how to restore it), because you could wipe all your data if you do something wrong.

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