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Timper
December 26th, 2009, 07:14 AM
I, the ever noob with linux need to know how to partition.

I have a brand new computer with Windows 7 already installed.

I want to make about 1/4 of my hard drive partitioned for ubuntu.
How would I go about doing this? I don't want to mess up my computer and have to take it in to get fixed.

Oh, and step by step would be great, I am quite an idiot when it comes to over-generalized instructions that expect you to know 90% of the programs and terms they use.

oldfred
December 26th, 2009, 08:39 PM
I have a lots of links that go into partitioning with lots of detail and screenshots so you have some idea of what you are doing before hand.
You should use the win7 tools to shrink the windows partition. You then can use the installer or if you want additional partitions it may be best to use gparted to create the partitions in advance and use the manual install to choose the already created partitions. It requires some planning on space available and what you want. As you get more used to Ubuntu your needs will change and your next install may be different. My original install was just root (/) and swap with a shared NTFS partition for data I wanted in both windows and ubuntu like photos and profiles for firefox and thunderbird. Now I am mostly Ubuntu and have ext3 data partitions just for linux.

Dual Boot Win7 & Ubuntu
http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Karmic#Dual-Booting_Windows_and_Ubuntu
http://lifehacker.com/5403100/dual+boot-windows-7-and-ubuntu-in-perfect-harmony
http://lifehacker.com/348858/use-a-single-data-store-when-dual-booting

Info on partitions using gparted.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=282018&highlight=separate+%2Fdata+partition
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/partitioning
Screenshots of using gparted
http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
http://www.howtoplaza.com/how-to-install-ubuntu-904-on-a-manually-created-partition
With add'l info on manually partitioning
http://guvnr.com/pc/ubuntu-partition-planning/
http://guvnr.com/pc/karmic-install-tutorial/
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition/OperatingSystemsAndPartitions