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persia sand
August 23rd, 2008, 05:10 PM
ive seen a guide how to install ubuntu with xp so i can dual boot, in the guide it tells me to make a partition named root and one named sawp and the other one home.

could i just make two partitions one for xp and one for ubuntu?
cuz i dont really think it would be nessecary to have that many partitions.

guide : http://news.softpedia.com/news/Installing-Ubuntu-8-04-LTS-84314.shtml

August 23rd, 2008, 05:16 PM
Those three partitions are just for the Ubuntu installation. When installing XP and Ubuntu, install XP first onto the hard drive, then install Ubuntu. Ubuntu will ask you to resize the hard drive (making a Ubuntu partition and shrinking the XP partition) you can adjust the sizes as you see fit. Let Ubuntu handle the resizing and partition creation. It's worked great for me several times!

I've heard of problems with people trying to install XP after Ubuntu, so I recommend doing XP first.

Too Late
August 23rd, 2008, 05:19 PM
A separate home partition is not required. For example, I never make one.

But swap partition is almost mandatory, although Ubuntu will work fine without swap, as long as your RAM doesn't get full. But I can't see any reason why you wouldn't make that one, because it doesn't need to be large.

persia sand
August 23rd, 2008, 05:24 PM
so swap is some pagefile?

August 23rd, 2008, 05:26 PM
basically root / is important. SWAP is recommended if ur RAM is small and also if u need to hibernate.

see these links on dual booting


http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed _first.htm

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_linux_and_windows_xp_linux_instal led_first.htm





de fragement windows, if u need to resize it.



persia sand
August 23rd, 2008, 05:31 PM
thanks sandy

August 23rd, 2008, 05:47 PM
All I had to do was create a EXT3 partition then a SWAP partition and that is all I had to do when I install Ubuntu 7.04 a long time ago.