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I would like to start by pointing out that I am a complete Linux noob. I usually use Ubuntu as a way of accessing my hard drive when Windows 7 crashes. I now want to reinstall Ubuntu on my hard drive as a seperate OS on its own partition.
I installed Windows 7 already, and I allocated about 60gb for Ubuntu. The problem now is manually arranging the different options in the Ubuntu partitioning menu. I tried the automatic installation but I was unhappy with the fact that it merged my W7 and the Ubuntu installation on a partition.
If somebody could help, I would love to install Ubuntu on its own partition where it would ask me what to boot windows or Ubuntu.
G day, i'm not 100% sure of what your having problems with so i'll just tell you what i'd do. Also, i have never installed 11, but have, 10.10, but i'm pretty sure they'd be much the same.
In windows 7, as an administrator open the start button, and in the search area type partition, and it'll show a partition tool. Use that tool, and make two partitions for Ubuntu, one for the os (primary), and one for swap space (logical or primary); don't worry about what formats they are. The swap only needs to be about double your ram, (so if you have 4gb of ram, make the swap 8gb). Once you've done this, start the Ubuntu installer. When it gets to the partition part, go into the advanced option. select the partition you made that you want Ubuntu and make the mount point "/", format as ext3, or ext4 and press ok. You should be back where you were before you selected the mount point, there will be a little box on the partition you just edited, make sure the little box is ticked so the installer knows to format it. Now go down to the swap space you made and edit the swap spaces mount point to "swap". I think that's all, but just make sure the bootloader is going to the MBR. And that should do it. (-:
i told you how big the swap should be in the first post. a swap can be a logical or a primary, either way, i think the installer turns it into a primary. And the main partition for linux, so where all your files ect will be needs to be a primary and that file can be as big as you want; you said 60gb in your first post. There will be an option in the installer, if you go advance, "where to install bootloader". I'm pretty sure the mbr is the default.
As a newbie installing Ubuntu I would only use wins7 disk manger to shrink the wins partition,which by default will only shrink by 50%, leaving 50% free space.
At that point I would let Ubuntu do the rest of the work as far as partitioning. http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2010/11/04...and-windows-7/
I guess the problem arises in the GRUB menu. I don't want that menu as my default, I'd rather it boot into W7 automatically unless specified otherwise. Maybe that's why this installation is considered a "problem" for me because it goes into linux before loading W7.
Anyways, thanks for the advice I'll try it for a while and see how it goes