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    Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    Hi,
    My first impression of Ubuntu can't be very good when I can't understand this. It's under 'Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7'.

    It just doesn't make any sense, guys.

    One side of this 'drive' space is 'Files (3.2gb) /dev/sdb2 (ntfs). The other side says 'Ubuntu /dev/sdb3 (ext4)

    Under each of the options it says 125.0 GB!!!

    Are the files the ones extracted and consisting of Ubuntu? If so, why are they separate from the 'Ubuntu' to its right? Why would these 'files' take the place Ubuntu does not and vice versa?

    I'm not going to go forward because god knows what could happen.

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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    Sorry for the BUMP, or for sounding arrogant in the thread. But I really wanna know what each part of the installation screenshot I described is saying.

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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    the ntfs drive is not ubuntu, it looks like its your windows drive.

    to put it simply, ubuntu is going to install its self along side windows so that you can choose one or the other when you first start your computer. In order to do this, it has to resize the amount of space windows takes up so that it has room as well.

    i would make sure windows has more than 3.2 gigs, drag the divider thing to give it at least 15-20 gigs id say.
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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    First, a screen shot would be nice. Then we can see what you are seeing.

    Second, sdb tells me that that is a second hard drive that you are looking at.

    Third, ntfs is a Windows format. So, the 3.2GB of files are most probably something to do with a Windows Installation or part of some files that you have backed up you another drive/partition.

    I am guessing. Is this second hard disc 250GB in size. Then it would be my guess that when you selected Install Ubuntu Alongside Windows 7, the installer then gave you its recommendation to partition this 250GB drive in a way that would create two 125GB partitions. One of which would be a NTFS partition that had the label Files (of which there were 3.2GB). The other would be formatted with the Linux ext4 format and into which Ubuntu would be (with your agreement) installed.

    This is just my guess.

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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    I think my confusion rises from the fact there are a number of hard drives in my laptop and I just dunno which one Ubuntu is referring to.

    Also from the fact that in the main hard drive, most of it was covered by files inside of the Win7 OS, so i'm worried about this partition drilling through my previous OS's space.

    Maybe one of the hard drives was completely empty, that would explain the 250gb symmetry there. Ubuntu says two 250Gb Filesystems exist, I dont know what it means by that. Is it referring to my extra hard drives?

    To make matters more confusing, I'm not sure if i actually had two or three extra hard drives. If i had three, and one was moderately filled with stuff, that might explain why there are only 'two filesystems'.

    I guess, I can ask you guys if i install ubuntu in one of these filesystems, as they're for the most part empty, will they:

    be a separate hard drive and not under risk of being erased by the new factory install of Win7 because they're on a separate hard drive?

    Ditto for if it installs and is referring to being in another partition instead of hard drive?

    I'm looking to minimize risk in dragging my old OS's files to this new OS.

    If Ubuntu says there are 3.32 gb of files of my old OS, then it just worries me because I don't know what it's talking about.

    For example, 'alongside my Win7', and yet I only consider, or am only supposed to consider the main hard drive as the master hard drive. There I can assure there were not only 3.32 gb of files but a lot more.

    To make matters worse, i'm not 100% positive there were different hard drives in this pc. All i remember is there were different drives and lots of empty space in these HDs or partitions, that I wasnt using.

    Am i supposed to guess how much space my previous Win7 was holding so the new Ubuntu doesn't eat anything up? Or is the install manager being intelligent and installing itself in one of these hopefully slave hard drives?

    I wouldnt want to erase anything of the old OS, and at the same time want lots of space in my new Ubuntu to drag the old files into it. How to be positive, though that the new Ubuntu is being installed in one of the most empty hard drives/partitions or whatever they were, and not that it's going to enter a fight with Win7 for space and eat up my files?!

    Any thoughts, guys? thanks

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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    You almost certainly only have one hard drive. It is very rare for a laptop to have more than one, and the installer won't give you the automatic side by side option if you do.

    As for the meaning of the divider, it is pretty clear: you drag it back and forth to choose how large each of the two partitions should be, the left one being windows, and the right one being ubuntu.

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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    There are two main ways you can help us here:-

    1. Run the live ubuntu cd and go to System->Administration->Gparted (if it's 11.04 you will have to find gparted yourself, as I have no idea how you start it). Now go to each disk, sda, sdb, sdc, etc etc in the drop down menu, top right, and get a screenshot of each disk which you can save to the live session and then paste as attachments to your answer back here.

    2. Again using the live CD run the command in terminal
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    sudo fdisk -l
    (lower case L at the end) and report the output back here.

    Once we have that info it will be a lot easier to help, but there are a few comments I will make without waiting for that, as I think they are important.

    Firstly I strongly recommend that you shrink your Win7 partition using its own disk management utility, not the Ubuntu installation program, and not gparted; it is much safer that way.

    Once we have got to the information on the current partition arrangement, and you have shrunk Win7, I would also strongly recommend that you make partitions using gparted, in the free space from the Win7 shrinking, into which you can install Ubuntu by using the "Something Else" ie, manual partitioning, choice at disk preparation stage.

    However, let's see that information on your current disk setup before we go any further.
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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    There are two main ways you can help us here:-

    1. Run the live ubuntu cd and go to System->Administration->Gparted (if it's 11.04 you will have to find gparted yourself, as I have no idea how you start it). Now go to each disk, sda, sdb, sdc, etc etc in the drop down menu, top right, and get a screenshot of each disk which you can save to the live session and then paste as attachments to your answer back here.

    2. Again using the live CD run the command in terminal
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    (lower case L at the end) and report the output back here.

    Once we have that info it will be a lot easier to help, but there are a few comments I will make without waiting for that, as I think they are important.

    Firstly I strongly recommend that you shrink your Win7 partition using its own disk management utility, not the Ubuntu installation program, and not gparted; it is much safer that way.

    Once we have got to the information on the current partition arrangement, and you have shrunk Win7, I would also strongly recommend that you make partitions using gparted, in the free space from the Win7 shrinking, into which you can install Ubuntu by using the "Something Else" ie, manual partitioning, choice at disk preparation stage.

    However, let's see that information on your current disk setup before we go any further.

    Thanks a lot for the help.

    I finally managed to get internet working on ubuntu, it was extremely simple, i dunno what i-d been thinking. Ok here-s 1 in attachments

    for 2, if you could plz explain to me what -in terminal- means, where i should be running the command in.
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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    Terminal is in Applications->Accessories->Terminal, and you just open that and type in the command I gave and press return, then type your password (nothing will show on screen, but the system will accept it), and the putput will show all partitions on the disks, though we now can see them all from gparted. It may still help to have that output, so go ahead and do it please.

    You have two disks, sda which has windows OS on it, I assume, of 116.44GB with the boot flag needed by windows, and an extended ntfs data partition. There is also a Recovery partition at the front of the disk, and a small ignorable unallocated space at the end.

    The second disk, sdb has two identical sized partitions of 232.88GB, both possibly unused at present, apart from a usual tiny amount of system space shown as used. This is definitely not Ubuntu, as both partitions are ntfs.

    In your original post you said:-
    It just doesn't make any sense, guys.

    One side of this 'drive' space is 'Files (3.2gb) /dev/sdb2 (ntfs). The other side says 'Ubuntu /dev/sdb3 (ext4)

    Under each of the options it says 125.0 GB!!!
    Where did that information come from? I don't see where you got the "Files (3.2gb)", and you do not have an sdb3 at all as an ext4 partition, so you certainly don't have Ubuntu installed anywhere at the moment, and I a wondering if you have simply been running it as a live CD/USB version.

    Much more clarification and info needed in order to take this further, please.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; July 30th, 2011 at 04:41 PM.
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    Re: Allocate drive space by dragging the divider below

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post

    In your original post you said:-
    Where did that information come from? I don't see where you got the "Files (3.2gb)", and you do not have an sdb3 at all as an ext4 partition, so you certainly don't have Ubuntu installed anywhere at the moment, and I a wondering if you have simply been running it as a live CD/USB version.

    Much more clarification and info needed in order to take this further, please.

    This comes up when I try to install Ubuntu on the hard drive. You're right in that I dont yet have Ubuntu installed, but that's because I don't know where to install it as I'm confused with all this talk about partitions, it's gotten me to think I could accidently wipe out my Win7. In the above picture, for instance, I can drag the size of each of the two whatever they are in either direction, but I wouldnt know what I'm doing. I think this is why I'm still at a loss as to what to do exactly.

    This comes up when I do the sudo fdisk -l in the terminal as you told me to.

    I'm not sure how I could go about shrinking win7 with the Windows7 shrinking utility because I cant even boot it in safe mode, as you tell me not to use gparted or the Ubuntu shrinker for this.

    Is there any other way I can help you to help me?
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