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Old 08-06-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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I want Linux to overwrite Windows on current drive, but not the recovery partion..


Since Ubuntu is smaller than Windows, will it entirely delete Windows to install Ubuntu? The Ubuntu installation won't affect the recovery drive, right?

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Old 08-06-2011, 01:04 PM   #2
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No installation shouldn't affect your recovery partition. When you go through the installation process of Ubuntu you get the option to either install it side by side with winblows or to completely replace it. The recovery partition is probably too small for an Ubuntu install anyway so you shouldn't even get the option to use that partition.

If you do a side by side, make sure you have backed up any data you with to keep before starting. Things can and do sometimes go wrong.

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Old 08-08-2011, 08:14 AM   #3
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Just to be sure, when choosing from the Partion discs options during installation, do I not chose:

Guided - resize SCSI3 (0,0,0), partion #1 (sda) and use free space

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Old 08-08-2011, 10:20 AM   #4
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I would suggest you boot the Ubuntu CD, open a terminal and get partition information to post here using: sudo fdisk -l.
Not knowing how many partitions you have, we would just be guessing. If your system came with windows pre-installed, you probably have 3 partitions. Depends on which version you have, win 7, vista, xp, ??

Ubuntu 11.04 should have three options and the "something else" option gives you the most control. On my machine, an HP with win 7 pre-installed, my recovery partition is 12GB which is more than enough to install Ubuntu on. I would suggest posting the partition information to get more specific advice.
 
Old 08-08-2011, 10:50 AM   #5
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I'm logged in as root when running the installer,so:

fdisk -l

Code:
Disc /dev/sda:  160.0 GB,  160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Unit = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disc identifier: 0x9e86f523

Device      Boot     Start      End     Blocks   ID   System
/dev/sda1   *            1    18357   147452571   7   HPFS/NTFS                   
/dev/sda2            18358    19457     8835750   7   HPFS/NTFS

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Old 08-08-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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Since Ubuntu is smaller than Windows, will it entirely delete Windows to install Ubuntu? The Ubuntu installation won't affect the recovery drive, right?
You wont be able to use windoze after installing ubuntu on the windoze installed partition.

If you concern is only about retaining recovery partition, then i think since /dev/sda1 is set to boot & has considerably more space than /dev/sda2, i think /dev/sda1 is what you want to install linux on.
Choose the expert partition scheme during installation.
I think you will have to delete /dev/sda1 & create two partitions.
One for ubuntu installation with format ext3 or ext4 partition(set mount point to /)
Second you would require a small swap partition of say 256+ MB.

Hope that helps.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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Choose the expert partition scheme during installation.
So I can chose this after Guided - resize SCSI3 (0,0,0), partion #1 (sda) and use free space?
 
Old 08-08-2011, 01:23 PM   #8
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The option that i mentioned must be the last in the list. I dont quite know the exact phrase. (Can some ubuntu user help out here?)

However, if you resize your sda1 partition and use the free space, then you can have both ubuntu & windoze.

I get the drift you are trying this for the first time, you should most definitely backup your data.
 
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The option that i mentioned must be the last in the list. I dont quite know the exact phrase.
I know it includes: encrypted LVM


Before that is install with LVM. (LVM stands for Logical Volume Manager.) I think either of those two options are what I need.

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Old 08-08-2011, 01:46 PM   #10
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Its called "Specify partitions manually(Advanced)". But, you have to choose which method to use.

Here this might be useful. its graphical walkthrough of the installation.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/GraphicalInstall

Also, here is a detailed guide
https://help.ubuntu.com/11.04/instal...386/index.html
 
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You might try this site which has a tutorial including step-by-step with images you will see on-screen.

http://blog.sudobits.com/2011/04/23/...rom-usb-or-cd/

I would agree with kidsin above that sda1 is your windows system partition and sda2 the Recovery. You should be able to use the Ubuntu CD to mount each of these partitions and looking at the folders/files within each tell which is the Recovery partition.
I would suggest resizing sda1 (shrink it) so you have room to create a swap partition. You should be able to do it with GParted on the Ubuntu CD. I don't know which version of windows you have but win 7 and maybe vista?? have software to do this.
 
  


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