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Old 02-01-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
dylscer
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Having trouble with partitions/ initial install


I just got an hp dv4-2145dx and I am attempting to install ubuntu 9.04. SUPER NEWBIE here.

I understand that the maximum number of primary partitions is four. The four on this hard disc are the windows one, a tiny one called hp tools, another tiny one called SYSTEM and then the recovery drive. Does this mean that I will be unable to install linux without deleting one of these partitions? Are they all necessary? I'm nervous deleting any since I don't know what they do.
 
Old 02-01-2010, 07:07 PM   #2
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Hello dylscer,

it is true, you can only use up to 4 primary partitions. Have you looked whether all of your partitions are primary ones? The one called "HP tools" looks deletable to me, but don't take my word for it. I suggest you take a look in your manual first.

Other than that, you could also use VirtualBox to do a virtual installation of Ubuntu on your Windows XP partition. It is much more convenient and won't cause you any problems.

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Old 02-01-2010, 07:21 PM   #3
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hmmm... i tried to reply i don't know what happened to the last one.

Anyway, I'm in the process now of looking up what exactly hp-tools is. Anybody else know? It calls itself primary, yes.

Also I'm running windows7 right now, I don't know if it makes a difference.
 
Old 02-01-2010, 07:25 PM   #4
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As a word of caution, I would back up any partitions I was thinking of deletingj before actually doing so. It sounds like you might be using a machine that is still under warranty, so caution is always advisable.

That aside I believe you can use a partition manager to resize one of the primary drives and then install linux on logical/extended partitions. That way you don't actually have to delete anything.
 
Old 02-01-2010, 08:11 PM   #5
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Hello again, dylscer,

I really would suggest you just install Ubuntu on your Windows partition using VirtualBox. It is so much easier and you won't break anything, especially considering your laptop is new.

You can download VirtualBox for Windows here (it works for Windows 7 too): http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

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