Re: HP mini 210-3000, the 4 primary partitions installation problem with a twist
Several major problems right off ...
Originally Posted by psifunk
First, not being able to back up anything to an external drive makes ANY installation of Ubuntu (other than Wubi) risky as there is likely to be no easy way, and maybe even no hard way, to recovery your working system if the dual-boot install has problems.
Second, I normally advise folks to use the FREE version of Macrium Reflect to backup their Win7 install before they start a dual-boot setup, and to make the Linux Boot CD (used for Restore), but your first problem and the (supposed) inability to boot your mini from CD makes this another major problem.
Third, I normally advise folks to use the Win7 Backup Feature to created and burn a Win7 Repair CD BEFORE starting the dual-boot setup -- as this allows you to repair any Win7 boot loader problems resulting from the dual-boot config. But again, if your mini can't boot from CD, this will do you no good.
- Use windows facility to resize the windows partition (c
and free up 120Gb (that i did)
You don't need an image of HP Tools, you just need the contents -- which you can copy to your Win7 OS partition. But then, boot/restore functions dependent on these is likely NOT to work because you will have removed the partition where they WERE and moved them to a different location.
- Make an image of the partition HP TOOLS and save it on the remaining c: which is about 130 Gb, to have it as backup (using what?)
For removal, yes. But, it's a small partition and doesn't free up much space. Also, its removal may result in complications (see above).
-Use GParted to delete HP TOOLS partition in order to have the possibility of a new primary partition (a simple delete operation would be enough?)
-Forget temporarily about the 12Gb that HP TOOLS were occupying
Would not do it this way -- more below.
-Make the unallocated space freed up in step one into a new primary partition using GParted
-Insert live USB and one should have the option to install ubuntu automatically in dual boot
That's true -- but dual-boot installs always come with some risk -- which is made a LOT bigger by the inability to do backups first.
... BUT the owner of this ... is taking no risks and I think telling her to go buy a disk drive to do the back up kind of beats the purpose of convincing her to try ubuntu.)
Partition Wizard makes a great FREE partitioning tool -- which runs in MS Windows and comes in bootable ISO form. But, I don't know if it can be installed to USB stick. IF it can, I would boot from that and use it to move your Windows partitions to the "left" to put all the free space on the "right".
Once you have that done, you can boot from the Ubuntu installer USB stick and use "something else" to install Ubuntu to the new free space.
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