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Old 12-30-2006, 07:30 AM   #1
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partitioning my hard drive


I have asked many question on how to get started however I now have a computer with enough memory and a 250gb hard drive it shows up in my computer as c and d drives. c has the majority of the contents on it at about 11gb but d also has 3gb of backup files on it I have xp installed and i want to try 3 ubuntu discs that i had got with linux mag this summer can anyone advise please or point me in the right direction
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Old 12-30-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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First, we need to know how the drive is partitioned now. Is there any free space? If not, you will need to re-size one of the Windows partitions.

Once there is empty space on the drive, then you simply boot up from the Ubuntu install CD and the installer will create Linux partitions in the empty space.

to re-size ntfs partitions, there are many tools out there. What tends to be favored here is QTParted (On the Knoppix live CD for one) and GParted (Stand-alone bootable CD).

Before you start re-partitioning, make sure any important data is backed up. Note that backup on the same drive on a different partition is not very safe---much better to have an external USB drive.
 
Old 12-30-2006, 07:49 AM   #3
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so have you got unpartitioned space on your computer or do you need to partition off some space for linux?

c: howmuch space used
d: 3gb of backup + howmuch free
other: howmuch unpartioned?
 
Old 12-30-2006, 08:33 AM   #4
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thanks for replying I have 105 on c free and 112 on d in your replies you seem to indicate there may be problems doing it i am not very bright when it comes to computers
thanks in anticipation
 
Old 12-30-2006, 08:39 AM   #5
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thanks for replying I have 105 on c free and 112 on d in your replies you seem to indicate there may be problems doing it i am not very bright when it comes to computers
thanks in anticipation
I hope you did not mis-read our advice---you need unpartitioned space--not just free space in a partition. I use "empty" for unpartitioned, which is sloppy..

Problems with Linux??? NEVER!!!.....

Seriously, the only way to really have a problem is to not have your data backed up.....
 
Old 12-31-2006, 02:48 AM   #6
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Thanks for your advice
as I now understand it my hard drive is partitioned into c and d drives equally 124gb each so I think from what you have said that I need to partition say d drive I will now go away and try and learn a bit more before I do any more
thanks for your support
 
Old 12-31-2006, 10:00 AM   #7
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The drive is divided into partitions The term "C Drive" is a Windowsism which is used ambiguously--could mean "drive" or "partition".
You need to resize one of the existing partitions, since they now fill the entire disk/
 
Old 01-01-2007, 02:45 AM   #8
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Thanks to do this do I follow your earlier advice (to re-size ntfs partitions, there are many tools out there. What tends to be favored here is QTParted (On the Knoppix live CD for one) and GParted (Stand-alone bootable CD)because I am still trying to get my head round this info I really have not attempted this sort of thing before is there a help file I could read so that I don't have to keep asking you all embarrassing questions
thanks again and a happy new year to you all
 
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We enjoy the questions!!--we are not embarassed--nor should you be.

Either QTParted or GParted is pretty much self-explanatory. I have never seen any manuals, etc. but perhaps at their websites.

I think I already mentioned backup any important files first.
 
Old 01-02-2007, 02:35 AM   #10
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Thanks very much
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