View Full Version : [ubuntu] Wanting to install Ubuntu...

December 21st, 2009, 10:16 PM
I've done some reading, and I've found that in order to do that, I can either a) buy a second hard drive, or b) create hard drive partitions. Seeing as how I have no money, I have no choice but to go with scenario b.

Now, me being a total newbie at hard drive partitioning, I have some questions.

My hard drive's setup is as follows:

1: Recovery Partition (2.12 out of 5.28 GB free)
2: Windows XP Media Center Edition (126 out of 143 GB free)

Can't I just shrink the Windows partition some to make room for Ubuntu, or is that Recovery Partition going to screw things up?

Would I then use the unallocated space that I made to create an extended partition?

Help a newbie out, please. =)

December 21st, 2009, 10:34 PM
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December 21st, 2009, 10:35 PM
You can shrink your xp partition, but make sure you defrag xp a couple of times first and then as you say, use the unallocated space for ubuntu. Also, make sure you read up some tutorials first - just to make sure you understand what to do before trying it. Would be a good idea to back up important xp files to external media - partitioning usually goes along without problems, but mistakes can be made.