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November 8, 2013 1:05:09 PM

So basically I am trying out Ubuntu 13.10 currently within a Virtual Machine. However, I have noticed some limitations while running the VM and I want to try running Ubuntu on its own hard drive. I currently have a hard drive installed in my laptop with Windows 7 installed. I have only one slot for a hard drive. I have the idea to get a second hard drive and replace the Windows 7 hard drive with it and install Ubuntu. If I decide that Ubuntu is not for me and I want to put the Windows 7 hard drive back in, will there be any problems? Like, will it continue to run just like it had before I replaced it with the Ubuntu hard drive? Thanks for any help in advance.

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November 8, 2013 1:09:38 PM

If all you are doing is swapping the internal drives, 1 with win 7 on it, and the other with Ubuntu on it, as long as both OS's were installed from that PC you will have no issues with swapping, assuming the PC is turned off when you are swapping. When you put the original win7 HDD back in, it will function as it did before
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a c 270 D Laptop
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November 8, 2013 1:14:16 PM

As long as each was installed properly, you'll have zero problems. I have a very old laptop I do this with. Win2000 and PuppyLinux.

Power down, swap drives, boot. The hardware does not know or care.
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November 8, 2013 1:15:12 PM

sactorage said:
If all you are doing is swapping the internal drives, 1 with win 7 on it, and the other with Ubuntu on it, as long as both OS's were installed from that PC you will have no issues with swapping, assuming the PC is turned off when you are swapping. When you put the original win7 HDD back in, it will function as it did before


Thank you so much. I was fairly certain everything would work just fine but I just wanted a little re-assurance.

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