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Old 02-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #1
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Unhappy Format partitions?


Hi,
I have two disk partitions in my laptop: in the first one I have win xp installed and in the second one Ubuntu 8.04. GRUB is installed in the first one. However I am unable to use Ubuntu since I tried to upgrade to 8.10 so I've saved my documents and I've decided to format the disk partition where I have Ubuntu and to install Ubuntu 8.10 there. However I don't know how to format a disk partition. Thanks.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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You should be able to just drop the installer in and install over the old partition. Just select the second partition when the installer asks where / should be.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 03:55 PM   #3
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You can also download and burn a live-cd partitioner such as Parted Magic or GPartedLive and use it to see what partitions you have, what space you can use, and how to partition before you begin to install.

A partitioning live-cd is also a handy tool to have around just in case. Good Luck
 
Old 02-12-2009, 04:00 PM   #4
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Code:
fdisk -l
this will list the partition.
mkfs.ext3 /dev/sdaX or /dev/hdaX will format partition with ext3 or use mkfs.<tab> will list all of them available to you. then begin installation. course I believe during installation you can choose to do a manual partition.
 
  


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