|You didn't post the make/model of the laptop so it's impossible for anyone to look up the specs or check to see if it actually has 2 HDDs or not. My guess is NO. Have you tested the RAM?|
I don't know why you chose either of those OS's. IMO, Vista shouldn't even be a consideration & you didn't say which version of Ubuntu Studio you have. The latest version (based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS) was just released a couple of days ago. And since you only have 2GB RAM, you should be installing the 32-bit version (unless you plan on upgrading to 4GB+ in the near future).
You didn't explain how you wanna setup the HDD. Do you want to dual boot or are you just trying to get any OS to install? If you want to install Windows, boot off the DVD, delete ALL partitions, then create one or more new ones, format & proceed.
If you want to dual boot Windows + Linux, delete ALL partitions, then create two or more new ones, format & proceed with the Windows install. After that's done, Ubuntu can be installed as WUBI installation or you can do a full dual boot. To do a WUBI install, just pop the disk in the drive while still in Windows & wait for the menu to pop up, then choose "Install Inside Windows" & follow the instructions. If you want a full install, just boot off the Ubuntu DVD, go into a live session, then click the Install icon on the Ubuntu desktop & follow the instructions.
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