View Full Version : [ubuntu] Partitioning dilemma when installing Ubuntu 9.04

May 26th, 2009, 04:32 PM
Hi Ubuntu Geeks!

Upon installation of Ubuntu 9.04, i've been trying to partition my hard disk in such a fashion that it will be split into 4 primary partitions (one for Windows, one for Ubuntu, one for my personal files and a last one for the "swap"). Sadly, my hard disk already has 2 primary partitions (one for Windows and one created by my PC manufacturer, TOSHIBA). If you do the math, adding 3 primary partitions to my hard disk would make 5 total partitions, a feat which is sadly impossible to achieve :( . So i'm wondering if I could simply forget creating a primary partition for the "swap". My computer has 4GB of RAM, so i'm questioning the necessity of having an extra 1 or so GB of memory located on my hard disk. By leaving behind the "swap", I would be OK, my HDD would be split like this: 1 partition for Windows, 1 for Ubuntu, 1 for my files and 1 for the Toshiba files. Would this cause a problem? Is there any solution existing?

Thanks for your collaboration!

May 26th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Yes. All is possible. What you need to do is creating an extended partition and then you can create up to 26 logical partitions in there. Not intending you should follow mine, I just show how easy it is, here on my box:

/dev/sda1 1 39 313236 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 40 20927 167782860 bf Solaris
/dev/sda3 20928 26150 41953747+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 26151 77825 415079437+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 26151 26282 1060258+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 26283 26818 4305388+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 26819 26950 1060258+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 26951 27995 8393931 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 27996 28518 4200966 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 28519 31130 20980858+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 31131 34264 25173823+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda12 34265 38181 31463271 83 Linux
/dev/sda13 38182 77825 318440398+ 83 Linux

Windows needs a primary partition, if I am not mistaken, and your Toshiba. The others can as well live on logical partitions.

Hope this helps,