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johnfarrow
November 29th, 2010, 07:42 PM
I currently have a 100 gb drive in laptop with....

a. a 44.5 gb partition on sda1 (fat32) for win xp
b. a 48.1 gb partition on sda5 (ext4) for ubuntu 10.04
c. a 2.1 gb partition on sda6 (swap) for 10.04 swap
d. a 5.3 gb partition on sda3 (fat32) for reinstalling XP

I want to install 10.10 over the existing 10.04 and keep the win xp partition.
I plan on upgrading xp to win 7.

Which install option should I use? And then?

Any and all advice appreciated.

John Farrow

libssd
November 29th, 2010, 07:52 PM
Use the manual partitioning option; install 10.10 in the same partition as 10.04. Reformat the partition with filesystem of your choice (e.g. ext4), set / as mount point, and change nothing else. You will lose all your existing data, of course, unless you have backed it up. I tried installing without re-formatting once, and had issues...

All should go well... but it would be prudent to make a backup first. :p

The best tip I have picked up in the past year is that you can copy your browser preferences to another disk, and then restore everything after a new OS install.

Firefox: http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/profiles
Chrome: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=6a3d820ca818336b&hl=en

matthewbpt
November 29th, 2010, 08:07 PM
I would recommend upgrading your Ubuntu 10.04 to 10.10 if you have a good internet connection. Just press Alt+F2 and type
update-manager -d
Then you should see an option appear to upgrade to 10.10. I did this with no problems, much easier than making a whole new installation and you get to keep all your settings.

libssd
November 29th, 2010, 08:40 PM
Fresh install of a new release vs update from an existing installation is one of those perennial questions. I haven't seen any horror stories for updating 10.04 to 10.10, but I have seen some for previous updates. If you choose update over upgrade, make sure that ALL available updates to 10.04 have been applied before attempting to update to 10.10.

Six of one; half a dozen of the other.