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February 16th, 2009, 12:12 AM
I need to install Ubuntu to an existing partition that I created when I first formatted my HDD. It is my 3rd partition or 2nd one in the extended partition. Here is the output of sudo fdisk-l :

Disk /dev/sda: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x67286728

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 6375 91201 681372877+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 6375 12748 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 12749 25496 102398278+ 6 FAT16
/dev/sda7 25497 38244 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 38245 50992 102398278+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda9 50993 91201 322978761 7 HPFS/NTFS

I would like to install Ubuntu on /dev/sda6....it has not been formatted with FAT16.

I have been unable to get by Ubuntu wanting to partitioning my last partition.

NOTE: I originally posted this to Absolute Beginner Talk and Taurus was helping me, but has not responded for close to 2 weeks. So I thought I would try here.

Thanks for any help.

February 16th, 2009, 12:41 AM
Can you give as link with your previous post so that way we will not start from begining.And maybe Taurus join again.

February 16th, 2009, 10:50 PM
Here is the thread that I posted previously.


February 16th, 2009, 11:01 PM
You will also need to have a swap partition so I would first open the partition editor on the livecd.

Delete sda6 and then create 2 new partitions - 1 for the install, format (to ext3 if you want as default) and 1 for swap - when you have done that you can start the install.

Once you reach partitioning - choose manual - pick the new ext3 partition - Edit the partition - pick / as themountpoint and ext3 as the Use As

Close the edit partition window and continue

Swap will be dealt with by the installer if it is there and can be ignored.

February 22nd, 2009, 07:29 AM
Forestpixie, thanks for the information. I followed your direction and am now am using Ubuntu.