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    Wubi allocation vs. storage

    I installed Ubuntu via Wubi, and I selected 18 gigs for my installation size.

    Does that mean I can only store 18 gigs of photos, music, videos, etc. within Ubuntu?
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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    Yes. But Wubi is not a full install, it's like Ubuntu with training wheels, something to test software on and/or try out Ubuntu for a while to see if you like it.

    If you end up liking it, you'll want to do a real install. JMO.

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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    Quote Originally Posted by ScooterBoogles View Post
    I installed Ubuntu via Wubi, and I selected 18 gigs for my installation size.

    Does that mean I can only store 18 gigs of photos, music, videos, etc. within Ubuntu?
    Jimafternoon is right. But to clarify, as long as you have free space on your hard disk or a USB drive, you can use it for storage of ordinary files. However, your home folder + operating system + programs cannot go above 18 gigabytes.
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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    You can access/store files under /host (the host NTFS partition) - the benefit is that it's more reliable and also Windows can easily access them. For any data you store in /home, I recommend backing it up in case one of the training wheels falls off. This is especially true for photos, videos etc. personal data that take up a lot of space and are generally precious - you don't want that to be stored on the virtual disk Wubi uses.

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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    Great, thanks so much! I have two follow-up questions:

    1) Which install method do you recommend using for the full install?
    2) Can you point me to some documentation for /host (NTFS partition) because I don't actually know what that means....it's noob country over here!

    Really appreciate your help.

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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    1: To do a full install, first make sure you have unallocated space ready on your disk. Download the .iso, burn it to a dvd or usb and boot from it. See https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot or http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing for more instructions. It's best to use windows tools to shrink windows partitions. Windows Vista or 7 will give problems otherwise.
    2: A partition is a series of 0s and 1s on a disk, that can be interpreted as a file system with a directory tree. In there you can find files, which themselves consist of a series of 0s and 1s on a disk. In windows, maybe on the C or D partition (or drive, as it is called by windows), wherever you installed wubi, you can find the file root.disk. This is a file, nothing more than a series of 0s and 1s, that wubi interprets as a complete partition containing an entire file system, the Linux root file system. After all, they're both a series of 0s and 1s. At one point in that file system, at the directory called /host, Linux mounts a different file system. This file system is the partition on which the root.disk file is located. This means that the entire directory tree of your C or D partition is present inside the /host directory in the Linux directory tree, including the file containing the Linux directory tree itself – but not in a readable form, as it contains the raw data instead of a readable directory structure.

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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    The host NTFS partition is available with full access (read/write) under /host
    e.g. to find your user documents Windows Vista/7/8 you can go to /host/Users/yourname/Documents
    in Windows XP it would be /host/Documents\ and\ Settings/yourname/My\ Documents

    Documentation?: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Ho...dows_drives.3F

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    Re: Wubi allocation vs. storage

    Thanks again everybody!

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    I want to mark this thread as Solved but I don't see the command under the Thread Tools drop-down.

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