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    I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    i'm currently running windows 7 in raid 0. i'm not sure how to partition one of the two hdds. any help would be appreciated. also, is there a 64bit version of ubuntu? thanks

    not sure if it makes a difference...but some of my specs are

    Intel Core i7 920@2.67ghz, 1.5TB HDDx2, 8GB DDR3@1066mhz, Nvidia Geforce GT220

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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    Yes, there is 64bit version. And don't be confused that it has amd64 in the image name, it works on Intel CPUs.
    But if you're running RAID 0 how do you plan to partition only one of the hdds?
    Also, installing ubuntu as new user on raid setup is not quite easy as single drive setup. Not a really good way to try ubuntu.
    One option to try it, if that's what you want for a start, is to download the desktop 64bit image, burn it to a cd, and boot with that cd and the Try Ubuntu option. That option will not install anything on your hdds and it will run from the cd as a fully functioning desktop version. You can see whether your internet works, browse, check audio/video, etc. Basically, see how you like it.
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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    this computer came pre installed with a partition already. i just can't figure out why 5.88gb of the 14.6 is being taken up.(and by what exactly) i could possibly use that one if i knew what i was doing

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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by IcyRhythms View Post
    this computer came pre installed with a partition already. i just can't figure out why 5.88gb of the 14.6 is being taken up.(and by what exactly) i could possibly use that one if i knew what i was doing
    It might be a restore image that restores windows to factory condition if anything happens. Like most PCs these days don't ship with windows install media. In that case you might have to keep that image/partition.
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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    yeah, but this computer came with vista. it does say recovery for the information. i'll be sticking with my windows 7 home that i paid a considerable amount for. would i be able to use that?

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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    The x64 version (amd64) is great. Haven't had any problems with it.

    From memory (!), you'll need 2 partitions somewhere - one for ubuntu and one for the swap partition. But because a disc can only have a maximum of 4 Primary partitions, you might need to be careful because Windows 7 installations now reserves 2 partitions instead of 1 (sigh!). And if your OEM has put a diagnostic partition on there, then you'll only have 1 free.

    Although, if you have 8Gb, you can probably forget the swap partition anyway. I've done that with a 4Gb machine and never had any problems.

    Also, I think the next version of ubuntu will allow swap files within the ubuntu partition, like Windows used to have.

    But regardless, do as much reading around as you can, especially with a RAID setup. Take a look at the "Disk Management" utility (diskmgmt.msc)

    Good luck!
    Last edited by automaton26; January 12th, 2010 at 08:54 PM.

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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by IcyRhythms View Post
    yeah, but this computer came with vista. it does say recovery for the information. i'll be sticking with my windows 7 home that i paid a considerable amount for. would i be able to use that?
    You mean use that partition for ubuntu? Yes, if you have win7 install dvd you don't need that vista recovery partition any more.
    But in order to install ubuntu on fakeraid (mobo raid) you need to use the alternate install cd, not the standard desktop cd.
    There is some guide here. I haven't installed on raid yet.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FakeRaidHowto
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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    ultimately, this would be a lot easier to try out, if i like it, do a clean install on the C: and erase windows after backing everything up. what are some cons of ubuntu in comparison to windows 7?

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    Re: I would like to try Ubuntu, but i have no idea about partitions

    thanks

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