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    cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    So I have a windows 8 laptop which got infected by a virus and is completely uunable to be operated.
    I want to install ubuntu alongside windows 8, and then run an antivirus on the windows partition
    But when i tried installing, the installer crashed, and then i discovered it was because I have no space left on my hard drive
    Apparently, sda5, which holds Windows 8, has 949.4 GB on it. what the heck!! I only have like 100 mb of free space left.
    This is not right because previous to my attempts of installing ubuntu to cure the computre, i had tried everything else. Which included wiping all my files. There shouldn't be that much data on the hard drive. there shouldnt be any data. what is causing this? (the virus??)

    TL;DR: For absolutely no reason, sda5 has 949.4 GB on it, causing my hard drive to be 99% full, and there isn't enough space to install ubuntu. Why is this and what do i do?

    (I hope this is the right section)

    Thank you

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    run a live version and use the command 'baobab' to help clear up the windows 8 partition. will also tell you what is causing the program. please post updates 'cause a virus that takes up that much space might be something to hear about.

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    thanks! i got the disk usage analyzer but how do i clear up the partition? and I scanned both Home and the file system but it seems that nothing is taking up much space.. sorry I'm really confused. what am i even scanning when i scan home and the file system
    Last edited by sharks706; November 24th, 2013 at 03:35 AM.

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    If you have access to another PC, there are virus vendors that provide free downloadable ISO images -- that you can burn to CD and then boot your infected PC from them to do virus scans. Kaspersky (among others) offers such a free download.
    Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    i put kaspersky on a usb, but it wouldnt show up in the boot menu when I tried booting on the infected laptop
    However I tested the kaspersky usb on another functioning computer and it worked

    I also burned kaspersky to a cd but that didnt show up in the boot menu of the bad laptop either

    i think im almost ready to just replace windows with ubuntu

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    can your laptop boot anything from a USB? you might have to make a change in the bios to make it boot from the USB

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    Yeah it can boot from the ubuntu usb just fine

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    Re: cant install ubuntu because my hard drive is completely full for some reason

    Did you leave Windows with fast boot or always on hibernation working. When hibernated gparted or installer will not mount NTFS partition so you can change its size. Always best to fix Windows and shrink it from inside Windows.

    WARNING for Windows 8 Dual-Booters
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1953674
    It defaults shutdown to a hybrid hibernation/off state for fast boot
    http://www.kapilarya.com/how-to-enab...p-in-windows-8
    But then files may be corrupted similar to Windows 7 Hibernation:
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...rid-sleep.html
    http://superuser.com/questions/14472...te-w-dual-boot
    Fast Startup off/hibernation
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    Force removal of hiberfil from Ubuntu
    http://www.hecticgeek.com/2013/01/mo...u-hybrid-boot/
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2...windows-8.aspx
    User who fixed Windows 8
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2171156s
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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