View Full Version : [ubuntu] Start-up and Partitioning before Ubuntu installation

March 16th, 2010, 02:31 PM

I have recently formatted my hard disk and logically enough, upon start-up, the computer reports that no operating system is present. However, I would like to start-up the computer, examine and partition the hard disk in advance of re-installing Ubuntu. Could anybody suggest what I could use to start the computer, such that I am able to start a shell and run basic commands such as 'df' and 'parted'.

Thanks in advance for your help.


March 16th, 2010, 06:13 PM
You can run an Ubuntu Live CD, and use Synaptic to install gparted. (Yes, you can install and run programs on a running Live CD system ... they will disappear when you shut down though, because the Live CD file system is present in RAM instead of on a hard disk.) Parted and df may already be on the Live CD.

You can also download and burn a Gparted Live CD (http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php). I have found this very useful for partitioning ahead of installation.