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Old 06-10-2007, 07:30 PM   #1
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How to install/partition

I am entirely new to Linux, and I am trying to install it(Kubuntu 7.04). However, I have no idea how to partition my HD.

Here are my drives:
/dev/sda1 fat16 size-32mb used-32mb
/dev/sda2 ntfs size-154980mb used-unknown
/dev/sda3 fat32 size-4984mb used-3900 mb

Now, what am I supposed to do here?
Old 06-10-2007, 07:36 PM   #2
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make a new ext3 parition and a swap parition
Old 06-10-2007, 07:38 PM   #3
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how do I make a partition? It doesn't give me the option to do that. And what's a swap partition?
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You need some free space somewhere if you want to install your distribution. The hard drive you listed has all of it's free space used up for your windows installation.

The complicated answer that you probably don't want to hear has to do with resizing the space you have, but if you don't know what you're doing you could totally kill your windows installation.

Your other option is to buy another hard drive and install there. Newegg is practically giving them away:

And they'll deliver it right to your doorstep usually within 3 days.

When you get right down to partitioning the drive you can get away with putting everything in one partition because it's easy and simpler that way. So if you got one of those 80Gb drives for 40 bucks you would make your root partition '/' ~79Gb and a 512Mb Swap partition should be fine. Swap is Virtual ram, or where the computer saves memory when it runs out of physical ram.
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As cheap as a new HD may be, buying one is probably out of the question. I will if I can, but I'd like to try to do this with what I got.


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