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    Partitioning Help with gparted

    I'm not quite sure how to partition my dual-boot Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

    I've gotten the part of the hard drive I want allocated to Ubuntu, but don't know how to partition my Ubuntu install.
    I can't find any threads to help.
    So I've attached a screenshot of my gparted screen.

    Thanks
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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    your sda4 looks messy
    you have 4 swaps, 2 ext4 partitions and 2 small ntfs partitions. Basic install requires single swap and single extX partition.
    What do you want to have there?

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaphell View Post
    your sda4 looks messy
    you have 4 swaps, 2 ext4 partitions and 2 small ntfs partitions. Basic install requires single swap and single extX partition.
    What do you want to have there?
    Yes, this is all I want

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Hey,

    Could you tell me how you want to do this? What sda do you want Ubuntu on? I mean like /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 or what?
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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Quote Originally Posted by msammels View Post
    Hey,

    Could you tell me how you want to do this? What sda do you want Ubuntu on? I mean like /dev/sda1, /dev/sda2 or what?
    I'd say /dev/sda4 , since it seems to be my primary Ubuntu install spot

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    sda4 is the extended partition which holds many logical partitions. Are you going to totally reinstall or want to move things around?

    If totally reinstalling what is in the two smal NTFS partitions sda5 & sda6? Is this data you want to save?

    You will have to use gparted from a liveCD and right click on any swap with the little key showing it is mounted and right click swap-off. You cannot work with mounted partitions as shown with the key icon.

    If you have no data to save in any of the partitions delete all of them and leave the space unallocated. Then from the Ubuntu installer, choose to install to the unallocated space or side by side. Do Not choose anything that says it will erase the entire drive.

    Why is gparted have the waring next to your NTFS boot partition? click on the icon and it will tell you more. You many need chkdsk or something, as Linux will not open a NTFS partition that needs chkdsk to prevent further damage that then chkdsk may not be able to fix.

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
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    http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    do you need those ntfs partitions (sda5, sda6)? ntfs = windows origin.

    Have you installed ubuntu earlier, because sda11 looks pretty full?
    Either way, run gparted from liveCD/USB, kill ext4 and swap partitions (but backup any data you want to preserve first) and create them from scratch in the freed space. 1G for swap (swap can be reused and you don't need more than 1 even with multiple linux installations), the rest of disk space goes to ext4 with / mountpoint.
    You could create separate /home partition (allowing user configuration/customization to survive system reinstallation which can be useful) but sadly there is not enough space for it to make much sense. Just for your information - another extX partition, explicitly marked as /home in the 'mount point' column.
    Last edited by Vaphell; July 6th, 2012 at 12:37 AM.

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    In that case, do you think it would be a good idea to remove /dev/sda5+ and do a fresh install on /dev/sda4, or am I missing something?
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    Smile Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    OK, thanks for all the advice and help guys; just lemme take it all in and I'll post responses.

    Thanks again

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