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Dual Boot

  The fork in the road that seperates a Fresh Install from a Dual Boot is during the partitioning step of installation.

  With Dual Boot, there are different options to choose based on the setup of your computer. Same-disk install is when two OSs share the same hard drive. Multi-disk install is when each OS has its own hard drive. It cannot be stressed enough that you backup all critical data.

Same-Disk Install

I have no knowledge of Mac, so this method of Dual Booting is for Windows users.

  While using Windows, defragment the entire hard disk. This will collect information together and free space towards the back of hard drive. After the defragmentation, follow the steps explained in Fresh Install to Step 4. Do not follow Step 4 because this is the fork. Select Guided - resize hard_drive_info and use freed space. The partitions are automatically created and a Grub will be installed in the beginning of the drive.

Then continue with the rest of the installation.

Multi-disk Install

  With multi-disk install, Windows defragmentation or alteration of Mac is not necessary. This step is similar to Fresh Install. Select Guided - use entire disk and select the appropriate hard drive. The partitions are automatically created and a Grub will be installed on the first hard drive.

Grub Menu

  The Grub menu is loaded when the computer first turns on and before any OS is loaded. It's function is to select which OS you would like to boot. Ubuntu is selected be default but other OSs are listed towards the bottom. Ubuntu should automatically add other OSs to the Grub menu, but in the past with an older version, it did not. Linuxtopia has a good tutorial on how to add Windows to the Grub menu through Ubuntu.

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