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    I've been using ubuntu 6.06 and want to make the great leap. XP is on hda and Ubuntu on hdb. I wish to switch to ubuntu forever. Is there a way to transfer to hda without starting over? Probably an obvious question but lets try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgreeves
    I've been using ubuntu 6.06 and want to make the great leap. XP is on hda and Ubuntu on hdb. I wish to switch to ubuntu forever. Is there a way to transfer to hda without starting over? Probably an obvious question but lets try.
    Are your /dev/hda and /dev/hdb separate drives or just separate partitions on the same drive? I'm not sure whether a transfer is possible. It might just be easier for you to back up anything you need on the Ubuntu side and then reinstall Ubuntu using the "erase entire disk" option.
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    they are seperate drives, in fact the linux drive is smaller...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgreeves
    they are seperate drives, in fact the linux drive is smaller...
    Ah. Well if they're separate drives you could always just set your Ubuntu drive as your master and wipe the XP drive, reformatting it to a format that Linux can use, such as EXT2, EXT3 or ReiserFS.
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    Do you suppose there might be a written guide for resetting the master drive etc?

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    Most computers today use "cable select" to determine master and
    slave. You would only need to change the position the drives occupy on the ide
    cable. The drive at the far end is master. The drive in the middle is slave.
    On older computers, you would have to move jumpers on the drives
    to designate master and slave.

    There's one complication. If you have your bootloader (LILO or GRUB)
    on the drive that is presently master, It won't boot after you swap them.
    I'm a little fuzzy on what the trick is to install the bootloader in this
    situation.

    You could just leave the drives in the present configuration. Repartition and format
    the master drive to a linux filesystem and mount it as storage space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgreeves
    Do you suppose there might be a written guide for resetting the master drive etc?
    You might just be able to tell your BIOS to boot form the Ubuntu drive by default instead. This can be done with the "Boot Order" option in your BIOS, which is accessible by hitting F8 or DELETE (depends on the brand) at first boot.
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    thanks to all, be there soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu
    Oooh, neat. Good catch.
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