Andrea is out running, Michaela is asleep, 45 minutes before the movie theater requires me at my post, the perfect time to take the massive leap into a new OS.
I have already downloaded Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit and made a bootable USB key from here. I take one last look at Windows 7 and reboot into Ubuntu Install. Where I see this:
Since I started building my own computer I have used a two HDD method where one HDD is just for the OS, another is just for data, and never the twain shall meet. This enables me to nuke my OS install and always have my data safe and untouched from the process. The same can be achieved by partitioning a single HDD but I’m paranoid of drive failure and HDDs are cheap as mud so I use two physical discs.
It eludes me as to why my two HDD are partitioned into three drives, which partitions are on which drives, and why one of them is labeled OS X. I am also unfamiliar with this partition manager so reboot back to windows! Where I see this.
160GB System Drive? Check. 750GB data drive? Split into 2 partitions of 542GB and 156GB. Mysterious ~156GB Partition, Check. Wait WHAT?!? Then it hits me. I installed OS X 10.5(.6?) onto this machine back in ’10. I must have had the great idea to break my Data and System “never the twain shall meet” rule and play with of OS X on my data drive. I can only assume that OS X didn’t pan out since I have forgotten all of this.
Quick check on Michaela, still sleeping like an Angel. WHICH SHE IS!
Alright, hmmm how to proceed at this point? I remember that NTFS works but is not preferred in a Linux environment. I decide to format the 160GB HDD for the OS install and deal with his weird partitioning on the 750GB data drive later. To be safe I pull out my trusty 300GB external HDD and backup of all my data ~120GB off the data drive. Calculating time of transfer…….about an hour. Well that’s it till after the theater.
(Movie theater job interlude)
Get home, the ladies are already asleep. 🙁 The backup is done, a quick random check to verify, and reboot back into Ubuntu Install.
Select format and install onto /dev/sda, my 160GB system drive, and leave the 750GB Data drive alone for now (his day will come). Ubuntu takes care of all the partitioning, which is good because I don’t know the difference between a primary partition, a swap partition, a logical partition, or a well dug hole in the ground. The process starts. It asks for a few things, username, password, region, and offers to download updates during install. Only then do I realize that the computer is connected to the internet, on my wireless network, in the installation instance, without futzing with drivers. Score one for Ubuntu.
The worst fears over hardware and unforeseen complications begin to wane. After a rocky start this whole process finally gets moving and things are looking up. The installation starts and a progress bar begins to progress mere 10 minutes since I got home. Done with computers for the day, time for bed.
Hop in the shower and head towards the bed, and BAM! I wake Michaela up. Ooops.