View Full Version : [ubuntu] Question about re-installing through live CD.

October 26th, 2008, 09:59 AM
okay I'm preparing to install 8.10 when it's released, but I have a question. Last time when I booted from the Live CD I was able to delete my old partition of ubuntu, however there were some locks next to the swap spaces I think. So I believe I'm actually wasting about 1 GIG of space because I wasn't able to delete the old swap space. Is there a way around these "locked" partitions. Could I also delete every partition that has to do with ubuntu from windows XP and still boot using a live CD? I know if I delete the ubuntu partitions I'll probably mess up the GRUB loader at startup, but will it still let me boot into the Live CD?

October 26th, 2008, 10:06 AM
I'm going to take a guess and say ubuntu was using the swap partition as swap.

try running
swapoff -aYou might need sudo on it or not, I'm not sure. Try it without first in the essense of good security.

October 26th, 2008, 10:17 AM
Use the alternate install cd instead of the live cd.
It' s much quicker with the install anyway.
Choose,when you come to the partition part,manual.
Set your / to be formatted ext3,turn on the bootflag,set swap to be formatted as swap,mount your /home DO NOT FORMAT THIS ONE,and you' re ready to go.
That is,if you have a separate /home of course,otherwise skip the /home part.

The live cd does it the same way,but as scragar suggested,turn off the swap file.

October 28th, 2008, 02:39 AM
Okay I'll try what you guys suggested, thanks for the suggestions. I'm still new to ubuntu so hopefully everything will go well.