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PGP Whole disk encryption ("WDE") is an encryption software that encrypts all your data, and includes a bootguard. Because of this, I have been unable to successfully dual-boot, as there is no place to install GRUB. (I did attempt an install, the result of which was a complete loss of my Windows partition, and a completely shot weekend.)

I attempted the Ubuntu dual-boot (wubi version, does not install bootloader), but since the sequence is PGP decrytption-bootloader-OS, the data necessary for the install were inaccessible. The computer is a work computer, and I have not been granted permission to decrypt it.

I'm booting off an external drive for now, but are there any good means of doing this?

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You can install GRUB (instead of the whole OS) on a USB stick or CD and use that for booting. Having such a boot medium is generally nice (at least on non-UEFI systems, if a system gets so screwed up that it doesn't boot any more).

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My understanding is that PGP WDE prevents the decryption of native files, even if the OS is externally booloaded (pardon my grammar). However, it is certainly worth a try. I may attempt this today. If it works, I will mark this as the correct answer. – Qu0rk Mar 1 '14 at 18:39
@Qu0rk My understanding of your question is that you have installed Ubuntu on the disk and just need a boot loader for it. WDE is no magic tool. They cannot erase the partition table because then the BIOS / UEFI would not boot any more. I do not see how such a software could prevent you from installing another OS (if the first one does not cover the whole drive). – Hauke Laging Mar 1 '14 at 18:55
It worked! Much appreciated- This will greatly simplify my setup. – Qu0rk Mar 2 '14 at 0:16

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