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July 28th, 2010, 05:14 PM
How can i install ubuntu ona machine which has already got vista on it. When i put the cd in and boot from it it doesnt give me the option to partition the drive to install. Want to dual boot it with ubuntu. Have also tried to create a partition on the drive and install it there but i get the same issues.

July 28th, 2010, 06:22 PM
Of course,back up all your valuable data first.Check your ubuntu Cd for errors (before that check md5sum (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM) of your Ubuntu iso) and if everything is fine with Gparted shrink Vista partition and on unallocated space make new partition formated as ext4.When you put Ubuntu Cd in the drive on partition stage it should recognize ext4 partition.Install ubuntu on it.

July 28th, 2010, 06:38 PM
It is a bit safer to use the Vista partitioning tools to shrink the Vista partition. Also gparted & the Ubuntu installer will not "see" NTFS partition that need chkdsk running. From windows run chkdsk. My XP install worked just find, but then gparted would not see it. I ran chkdsk and then gparted could see it.

Resize windows partition info:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringWindows#Resizing%20a%20Windows%20Partiti on%20in%20Windows

Dual Boot Win7 & Ubuntu

starting with Vista - MSoft made some changes to the way it installs itself in a partition. Gparted can deal with it but should have the round to cylinder unchecked.
Herman on checkbox
Vista and Partitioning - details