View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] Vista & Ubuntu using free space

October 30th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 8.10 on my laptop. I resized Vista's partition and this way I have 49 GB of free space on my disk. Since I have a notebook there is also a recovery partition with Windows installer.
So to sum up: there are 2 NTFS partitions on the drive and 49GB of free space between (I made sure this truly is a free space, not an empty or unrecognised partition).


But the problem is Ubuntu doesn't allow me to install using these free space... first proposal of the installer is to shrink Vista's partition:


If I choose to use free space than take a look for yourself:


Does using free space means formatting whole disk :confused:
With Live CD I created a new ext3 partition using these free space without a problem. Than I deleted it, but still Ubuntu doesn't want to utilize it during installation.
Please help! If using manual partitioning is my last resort, may I kindly ask you to guild me how to do it - these are my first steps with Linux...

October 30th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Use manual partitioning.
It will show all partitions and their format, ie NTFS, ex3 ect.
Then simply manually select the partition you wish install on.

I have found that with every Linux distro I've installed, manual partitioning is the only way to get the partitions the way I want them.

I've found that 8gig for root (/) and 8gig for /home then the rest of the drive as /archive is optimum.
Then use archive for backups and storage of stuff.
If you want to try a different distro you can just format and install over / & /home, and still have all your goodies.

Doh! and 512m-1g for SWAP.
Although I have 2gig RAM and have never seen the HD SWAP space used.