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Old 02-13-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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I am just trying out Ubuntu Linux for the first time. I am on an HP Pavilion dm4 1265dx with an Intel Core I5 2.53GHz, 2 sticks of 2GB DDR 3 RAM, running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. I have created approximately 67.61 GB of Unallocated space on my HDD to install Ubuntu onto. My friend gave me his 10.10 desktop edition to install to my laptop. The only problem I encounter is when I am asked to choose where I'd like to install Ubuntu on my HDD. According to what I've read I should either be able to manually select my free 67.61 GB of space as (unknown) and put it one there or I should be able to use an option of something along the lines "Install on available free space". I don't know why it does not detect my Unallocated space but it's quite frustrating. If you need anymore details just let me know. Future thanks for the help.
 
Old 02-13-2012, 05:06 PM   #2
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Please boot into the Live-CD, open a terminal and run the command
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sudo fdisk -l
Be aware that this is a lowercase L, not the number one. Then post the output here.
 
Old 02-14-2012, 03:59 AM   #3
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Check these pages, it will help you:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Insta...0-160966.shtml
http://www.comptalks.com/how-to-install-ubuntu-10-10/
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing
 
Old 02-14-2012, 07:29 PM   #4
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Please boot into the Live-CD, open a terminal and run the command
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sudo fdisk -l
Be aware that this is a lowercase L, not the number one. Then post the output here.
I went ahead and took a screen shot of the terminal once I typed in the code, you'll be able to see and interpret better than I can explain. I also took screen shots of the installation screen that I'm stuck on as well. If you'd like a picture of my partition manager in Windows I can do that too. The help is really appreciated.

I'd also like to let you know that there was a recovery partition that came installed on my HDD when I bought my computer, but I went ahead and deleted it on account of the fact that I have back ups of all my data and a repair cd for Windows 7. In doing this I feel like I screwed something up in my partitions because they turned from blue ribbon across the top of the volumes to a brownish yellow, but I thought that that shouldn't affect Unallocated space, am I wrong? Did I mess up in deleting that Recovery partition? Again thanks.
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Last edited by LinuxN3WB; 02-14-2012 at 07:49 PM. Reason: Forgot some important information.
 
Old 02-14-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Might wish to run a free virtual machine until you get some practice using linux. You'd be able to run both windows and linux at the same time.
 
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Might wish to run a free virtual machine until you get some practice using linux. You'd be able to run both windows and linux at the same time.
But the thing is I'm a Computer Science major right now and our labs run Ubuntu, it would make for easy transfer from classroom to homework plus the more I use it the more I enjoy it. I like learning by doing plus I tinker with computers a lot so if all else fails I could always reformat and start off new.
 
Old 02-14-2012, 08:21 PM   #7
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That looks like Windoze is using dynamic disk - the Windoze disk manager should be able to tell you if it is.
If so, all the partitions look like a single "pool" - any space you managed to free up is still within the "pool", and unusable to anything else. According to those attachments the disk is totally allocated.
 
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That looks like Windoze is using dynamic disk - the Windoze disk manager should be able to tell you if it is.
If so, all the partitions look like a single "pool" - any space you managed to free up is still within the "pool", and unusable to anything else. According to those attachments the disk is totally allocated.
According to your explanation this screenshot makes sense, but how do I proceed to move this Unallocated space from pool to make it usable?
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #9
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I don't think you can. You can convert to basic (i.e. normal partition) mode then unallocated space can be arranged.
Looks like M$oft will delete everything to do it - google should find some freebies that claim to do it without data loss. Never done it, wouldn't do it without backups anyway.
 
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Your disk is in fact converted to a dynamical partition set. I would recommend to backup your data, then make a fresh install of Windows, leaving the space for Ubuntu or any other Linux you want to try. Or do as jefro suggested, just install Ubuntu in a virtual machine, it will be the same as a physical install.
 
Old 02-19-2012, 02:11 AM   #11
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Thanks for the help everyone, I am going to go ahead and try to do a fresh install of Windows and take it from there.

Thanks all, LinuxN3WB
 
Old 02-19-2012, 09:07 AM   #12
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Well let us know how did work for you I am sure more people will find it useful if went well.
Thank you!
 
  


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