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    Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    HI,,
    I want to have 2 Operating systems on my PC.
    I already use Win XP, and I have two partitions C (where windows is installed) and D (for my files and application).
    Drive D has 30 Gb free space, hence i want to use it for Installing Ubuntu8.04.

    I am reading the documents on Ubuntu's website but i am a little bit confused. Here we go:
    I get three options for Partitioning (during installations steps).

    1. Guided: resize. and there is a bar (can be resized) says [/dev/sda5] and [Ubuntu 8.04]
    2. Guided: use entire
    3. Manual

    Q1. which one should i select?

    inside the manual partitioning i get /dev/sda1,2,4,5, and 6.

    Q2. what should i do here , because when i click next it asks me for Root partition ?

    Q3. I found in the options inside Manual partition sthg called Mount Point with /DOS and /Windows options, what is there effect?

    Thanks

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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    1. go for manual partion.
    2. select the partition where u want to install ubuntu and give the mountpoint as / .
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Ya Manual is the best way to go. Select the mount as "/" like Sharks said which is the root files system. Now you can also make a partition for your home directory which is like your documents and settings. Some suggest it so when you want to install the next version of Ubuntu you can have all you old settings and themes and documents and such but in the end it is up to you.
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Sharks is correct. Manual partition, choose the D drive, mount partition as / (root), then install. It will install GRUB over the MBR (MS boot will be over-written). GRUB will autodetect the OS's.

    Just in case you have to ever reinstall windows you will have to reinstall GRUB. If you do not reinstall GRUB then it will automatically goto windows.

    I hope this helps.
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Thanks

    what about what is inside the manual partitioning; /dev/sda1,2,4,5,6? they are with different types, likee NTFS, FAT 16 etc...

    Q1. should i keep them all???
    Q2. moreover should i create (byself) the swap file?
    Q3. will i loose any data from windows??
    thanks
    Last edited by raedbenz; May 23rd, 2008 at 02:48 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Change the filesystem type ext3 where u want to install ubuntu.
    if u want to keep windows alive,keep that drives.
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Change the filesystem type ext3 where u want to install ubuntu.
    if u want to keep windows alive,keep that drives.
    what is beautiful is not always good, but what is good is always beautiful!
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    if u have more ram , then less swap memory is enough. ya u should keep the swap.
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Quote Originally Posted by sharks View Post
    1. go for manual partion.
    2. select the partition where u want to install ubuntu and give the mountpoint as / .
    Don't forget to make a partition for SWAP (~512MB should do...)
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    Re: Dual boot Partitioning (WinXP and Ubuntu8.04)

    Quote Originally Posted by sharks View Post
    Change the filesystem type ext3 where u want to install ubuntu.
    if u want to keep windows alive,keep that drives.
    HI Sharks..
    But i dont have ext 3. only 1,2,4,5,6. and there settings are:

    sda1 --> fat16 , 115Mb
    sda2 --> ntfs, 35Gb (where is windows installed: C drive)
    sda5 --> ntfs, 70Gb (drive D, where i want to install Ubuntu)
    sda6 --> fat32, 2Gb
    sda4 --> fat32, 3Gb

    what are there settings individually?????
    thanks

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