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Old 11-27-2010, 01:51 AM   #1
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Question Partition help while installing Ubuntu


Hello All,

i have windows XP now and 3 partitions (5gb, 35gb and 40gb). i have data in my 35gb and 40gb partition whereas the 5gb partition is only for windows. now i plan to install Ubuntu, i have two options now:

1- move all my data to a portable disk, format my HDD, install Ubuntu, make partitions with GParted and then move all my data back. but this is lengthy and i will have to borrow the portable drive also, from a friend.

2- install Ubuntu on my 5gb partition, i want to delete XP forever and let the other partitions be there and start using my pc.

i am not sure if during installation i can format my 5gb partition and install Ubuntu on it. like we do it during windows installation. is it possible in Ubuntu?

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Old 11-27-2010, 02:00 AM   #2
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Second option is not the best. 5gig seems too small for Ubuntu. And it will grow as updates come and you need more softwares and packages. You need at least 15 gig of space for Ubuntu. Though migrating data to portable seems hectic and lengthy process for you, I would do that to keep data safe. That way even if you delete a partition mistakenly, you still have the data. Backing up always helps. This will also give you an option to resize your partitions a much better way. Your current partitioning is not truly properly organised.
 
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Old 11-27-2010, 02:36 AM   #3
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Second option is not the best. 5gig seems too small for Ubuntu. And it will grow as updates come and you need more softwares and packages. You need at least 15 gig of space for Ubuntu. Though migrating data to portable seems hectic and lengthy process for you, I would do that to keep data safe. That way even if you delete a partition mistakenly, you still have the data. Backing up always helps. This will also give you an option to resize your partitions a much better way. Your current partitioning is not truly properly organised.
I would concur I run Linux mint 10 on a Dell Inspiron 1525 with a 320 GB HDD that is partitioned ; 1GB /root 20GB / 2GB swap and the rest is /home . This is the basic SAFE way I would recommend leaving room for updates,etc.as explained to me when I first decided to go with a Linux system. Yes there is a bit of overkill in some of the partitions but better to be safe than sorry . I am also a strong believer in BACKUP anything that you don't want to lose! I have 2 redundant hard drives attached most of the time.

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Old 11-27-2010, 03:56 AM   #4
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You have still not read his post then. OP does not have the space left. Only 5gig which is not enough. He can not partition 5gig the way you have done. And you have a big 320gig drive to partition. OP does not.
 
Old 11-27-2010, 09:06 AM   #5
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thank you for your responses.
I have decided that I will first move my data then delete all my partitions and make two new partitions only. one 20GB (for Ubuntu) and one 60GB.
 
Old 11-28-2010, 12:09 AM   #6
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I was NOT telling the OP to follow my partitioning but explaining the partitions are too small in the root/boot/swap departments to realize good power from the computer.
 
  


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