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I use ubuntu 8.10 . I also have windows xp pro installed on my machine. But now I wish to remove windows xp and convert all the ntfs drives to ext3 file system( I think ubuntu uses ext3).
From where shall I start and how to proceed?
a) fdisk -l
will display alll partions on hard disk
b) todelte a prtition, use :
fdisk /dev/sda (sda or hda depends upon Sata and Pata harddisks)
c) then assign the partition to file system :
What you have already been suggested is the same, but I am treying to elaborate that a bit more.
Just boot up the Ubuntu disk, double click the install icon, and when it gets to the partitioning stage choose 'Manual'. Delete your Windows partition, then choose 'New' and create a partition for / and another for swap. How big you make these depends on whether you want to use the whole disk or save some free space for trying other distros, size of swap depends on RAM size and what sort of things you want to do.