Re: Thinking of installing Ubuntu
Do NOT mess with this partition (what MS calls a "drive"). This contains your Windows OS and if you mess with it, either using Gparted, or the Ubuntu installer, you risk corrupting it and rendering Windows unbootable.
Originally Posted by mailmatic
Well, you CAN install to the "D" partition -- but since Ubuntu requires a Linux filesystem (which your "D" partition is not), the only way you can do that is using Wubi -- which personally, I would not recommend.
Drive D which I use for back ups is 150GB, 20GB used and 130GB free. Can I install and run Ubuntu from my D drive.
Best approach is to boot from a LiveCD or LiveUSB , select the Try Ubuntu option, and see how well it works. It will be slow, because it's running from a virtual drive created in memory and accessing the disk or USB drive often, but that will at least let you see what Ubuntu looks like and how well it recognizes your hardware and installs the proper drivers.
Also, I would strongly recommend, that even if you so decide to install Ubuntu, that for the time being, you do that in dual-boot mode -- with Ubuntu on its own partition. It will take time to move entirely away from MS Windows, even if that is your goal, and in the meantime you can take your time addressing any problems that develop.
And, do NOT use the Ubuntu installer to shrink Windows partitions to make room for installing Ubuntu. That risks corrupting Windows.
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