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I have a question about the installation of Ubuntu 7.04. When I installed Ubuntu on my laptop. My hard drives were prepartitioned. When I got to the partition step of installation I just chose to use the separate blank partition. Now heres the question. My friend decided to install Ubuntu on his computer. He has only one drive: C. If he partitions the C drive in linux to make a separate partition for linux will windows be deleted or messed up?

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tech-king

12 years ago

actually, it is part of the suse linux install! its not so easy to find though

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sardines454

12 years ago

thanks for the tips!

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NachoMahma

12 years ago

. I used it and it worked great - just like on your machine. I was using 6.x LTS, but that part of the install is probably still the same. But I had already re-partitioned my drive before I attempted the install. . You probably need to re-partition the HDD first (it's been a while since I did it and I don't remember many details). I use 8GB as my rule-of-thumb partition size for Windows or Linux in an out-of-the-box configuration. Acronis makes a nice util that will create/re-size partitions without losing data.

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westfw

12 years ago

I'm pretty sure that if you tell most linux installers to partition your drive, they'll wipe out any existing partitions (including windows partitions.) You probably need to use one of the utilities that will create/resize partitions without destroying the current partitons (like "partition magic"); There are some linux utilities that will do this as well, such as the System Rescue CD, but I don't think its normally part of any linux install.