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Old 12-04-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Unhappy Partition help

Hello all,

I have windows XP now with 3 partitions (5gb *containing XP*, 35gb and 40gb). i have backed up my data and now want to install Ubuntu only (no XP). i also want to format my HDD and make 2 partitions (20gb and 60gb). My idea of doing this is that i will delete my 35gb and 40gb partition and then while installing Ubuntu i will be prompted about using the unallocated space and i will install Ubuntu on it and then delete the 5gb partition using GParted once Ubuntu is installed.

Please provide an expert opinion.
Old 12-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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Here is what I would do:
I would delete everything during the install of Ubuntu, set about 10G for my / partition, double your ram for /swap, and use everything else for your /home partition.

Keeping /home on separate partition will make it much easier to recover if you screw up your / partition and have to re-install.

Old 12-04-2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Yes, that will work. I'm not sure what your question is.
Old 12-04-2010, 10:45 PM   #4
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my question is that should i format in windows or in ubuntu
Old 12-04-2010, 10:58 PM   #5
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Before installing ubuntu, you can setup the partitions exactly how you want them using a livecd like PartedMagic:

and then direct the ubuntu installation to install on your desired partition. PartedMagic is a great tool that you should have in your kit. It has not only gparted, but many other useful utilities.

Finally, you can't format linux partitions from windows without some windows partitioning application like Partition Magic or Acronis Partition Expert. I don't recommend either as the free tools in linux are much better for dealing with linux partitions.
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Do it from the Ubuntu CD (you have to if you want to change the current XP partition in any way).
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I think it would be easiest during the Ubuntu install, you will have the option to format 2 partitions as 20 and 40 GB. The Ubuntu install will overwrite the XP setup efficiently during the setup process.
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I would suggest that if there is any chance your going to want to dual boot in the future you fdisk and re-install Windows to the full disk, then install Ubuntu, allowing it to carve out the space you require. Doing the install this way will leave you with a nice grub bootloader, and exactly the size your looking for on each partition. Trying to do this after Ubuntu is installed would be much more difficult for a noob IMHO.


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