View Full Version : [ubuntu] Overwrite previous Partition with Ubuntu. Help.

November 18th, 2010, 11:22 PM
Hello, Sorry if this is in the wrong place. I am completely new to Ubuntu forums, and Ubuntu itself.
I currently dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu, but I have somehow broke Ubuntu and would like to, if possible (which im sure it is) reinstall the newer one with a cd.
The shortened version is, when I'm installing it, I have to select the place it goes. Problem: I dont know which (partition?) to overwrite.
I asked on Yahoo Answers and was told to enter sudo fdisk -l
I got the following:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1530 12288000 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 1530 1543 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 1543 18289 134512462 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 18290 30401 97289640 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 18290 29903 93289423+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 29904 30401 4000153+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Problem 2: I have no idea what to do with this information. If i want to overwrite the old Ubuntu which option to I select? Please explain this in beginners terms as I am very new. *Also, if you can tell from that information, which part is the Windows?*The person on Yahoo said something about a swap partition and I dont even know what that means. :confused: Please help me, as I really want to use Ubuntu again. Sorry, and Thank you :)

November 19th, 2010, 01:48 AM
From your output Ubuntu is on sda5,so that is partition you want to delete and install new Ubuntu there.Just choose format ext4 and mark it as root / .You will see options when you come to partition stage.

November 19th, 2010, 01:51 AM
Just select manual partitioning during the installation. You don't really even have to delete the partition, just select sda5 as the partition on which to install Ubuntu. Make sure to tick the "format" box and choose "/" as the mountpoint. Ubuntu will find your existing swap partition and use it automatically.