Re: setup a SEPARATE DATA PARTITION,ubuntu FRESH INSTALL,single boot
By definition, EVERY partition has to be formatted, at least, initially. That is how a filesystem is written to an empty space on the media.
Since you want to use Ubuntu only, just format the new partition as Ext4.
If you have all that data in your single partition at the moment, you will need to do the following:
1) Boot from an Ubuntu LiveCD or GParted LiveCD. Why a CD? Because you will have to shrink the Ubuntu partition, you can only do that if the partition is NOT mounted, and when running from hard drive, the partition must be mounted in order to be used.
2) Shrink the Ubuntu partition to make room.
3) Create a new Ext4 partition.
4) Copy the data to the new partition
5) Access the data on the new partition.
6) Reboot the PC
7) Find the new partition in Places
8) Access the data again
9) Remove the data from the old partition
If you have external media, you can move the data there before you copy it to the new partition.
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