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    Re: initial boot from thumb drive

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Most new computers use all four primary partitions in the old BIOS and MBR(msdos) partitioning configuration. A few newer one have the UEFI with gpt partitioning without the proposed lock down that Windows 8 will require.

    Ubuntu only needs 10GB to install with some working room. I normally suggest up to 25GB for / if you have a separate /home, shared NTFS data partition or data in other Linux partitions as your data can be very large. But system does not have to be. Neither does the Windows system partition but it usually needs to be 30 to 50GB with data in other partition(s).

    Use Windows to shrink the Windows NTFS partition but not to create any new partitions or it may convert to dynamic which does not work with Linux.

    Good advice on how to handle all four primary partitions used. - srs5694
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1686440
    Besure to create recovery DVD(s) first. And a Windows repair CD.
    HP tools partition discussion - similar for other vendor partitions:
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...on/td-p/228360
    For a complete blow-by-blow on dealing with HP's four partitions, see Full Circle Magazine, issue 41, page 36.
    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/
    Shrinking a Windows 7 partition is best done in Windows. But do not create new partitions with Windows.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/

    Now I am convinced that Windows 7 prevents itself from being uninstalled. The computer will not boot from a CD/DVD and when I run the CD and attempt to make a new boot file to allow it to I get multiple error messages! HELP!!

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    Re: initial boot from thumb drive

    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: initial boot from thumb drive

    Quote Originally Posted by jlapinski4 View Post
    I am not desperate for disk space - just had years of bad experiences with windows. I seem to have run it to a new problem anyway... Since it is an ultrabook I bought an external CD/DVD drive and the laptop will not boot from it! Any ideas?

    Resolved the issue with the external CD drive and the boot issues. So easy once I thought about it...

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