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    Partitioning

    Hi all.
    I'm starting to get into linux and have decide to try and prolong my dell laptop that I got 5 years ago. I currently have XP on it, and I'd like to partiotion the drive, (I have about 100gb of install hard drive space left.). I don't want to reformat, cuz I got a lot of work/research files on it. So, any tips/tricks to help out a noob would be very helpful.

    I just dowlloaded the 12.x ubuntu iso and burned the iso to a disk. So, I'm still wondering what strategy/game plan to go with from here.

    Thanks a lot again and love learining new stuff.

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Randy_Long; Hi ! Welcome to the forum.

    To assist you in utilizing that " 100gb of install hard drive space left" for ubuntu, we need to look at what ubuntu sees.

    Boot the liveDVD to the desk top, dash (top icon) -> search box -> enter the term GParted -> click on the resulting icon to activate Gparted. GParted is ubuntu's partition editor. At this stage look, but do not touch (apply). It would be helpful if you provide a screenshot of GParted.
    For your info and acclimatization :
    sda = Serial Device 1 - the 1st hard drive the system recognizes;
    sda1 is 1st hard drive, 1st partition on the hard drive
    sd5 is 1st hard drive, 5th partition
    sdb is 2nd hard drive
    sdc is 3rd hard drive
    sdc3 is the 3rd hard drive, 3rd partition.

    Then we also want to see what other attribute the hard disk has:
    Activate a terminal (key combo ctl+alt+t) and post the outputs -between code tags - of terminal commands:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -lu
    sudo parted -l
    sudo parted /dev/sda unit s print
    code tag tutorial:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...8#post12776168

    If it turns out that the 100 gigs space is "unallocated" we can advise on how to install ubuntu there.
    Else: with the info provided by the above, we can explore other options.

    welcome to our world of
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Bashing-om,

    Thx for the reply.

    uh...well i just found out the iso file won't fit on a cd. ugh...I need to make a trip to target on super bowl sunday. at least it'll be dead quiet there.

    Are you a Razor Back?

    Thx and I'll be quick about it. I could have sworn I had some blank DVD's in this house...

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Randy_Long; Hey,

    I expect I will be around still, or others !

    When you are ready to proceed.

    One can also install from USB .. got a thumb drive around ?

    many roads lead to
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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    So, where do I use the command line?
    ubuntu installer020214.gif

    A little nervous here...

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    That's Wubi, the windows installer. Don't do anything there, as that will install Ubuntu. We're not ready for that yet.

    You're going to want to restart your machine with the disk in the drive. This will (after a little time) boot you into a live version of Ubuntu. From there you can assess the situation with your partitioning.

    At least I think that's what Bashing-om wanted you to do.

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Randy_Long;

    That screen shot you are already in the installer.
    (did you choose "something else" at the initial screen ?)
    Thanks @ cfmackey. never have seen a wubi install screen !

    Try this to get to a terminal:
    Reboot, and as soon as the bios screen clears, depress and hold the left shift key -> language screen, escape key to accept
    the default -> boot options screen -> choose "try ubuntu" -> long load time -> desk top;
    key combo ctl_alt+t yields a terminal.

    We will get you through this, hang in there !

    where there is a will there is a way
    Last edited by Bashing-om; February 2nd, 2014 at 11:08 PM. Reason: shift key
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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Randy_Long; Hey !
    Here is a thought:
    Download the ubuntu .iso file ( ya might find that you like Lubuntu better);
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
    Check the integrity of the .iso ;
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToMD5SUM
    Burn the .iso to disk as an image !
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BurningIsoHowto

    Now as far as I know 12.04.3 WILL fit on a CD ( I burned 12.04.1 to CD ).

    Boot the liveCD -> as above to the boot options menu:
    choose "check disk for defects".

    Now you have an liveCD ! We can not only use it to install ubuntu, but, also check out things on the hard drive from this medium.


    we can do this !
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    oh...I didn't click the left-shift button after the bios. i'll give it a go...

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    Re: noob just starting out on linux and partitions

    Randy_Long; Hey,

    OK, Waiting to see how it is going.

    How else at this time I can assist.

    one thing at a time
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    Happy ubuntu'n !

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