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Thread: Install Kali Linux (Dual Boot) on a pre-installed Ubuntu system

  1. #1
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    Feb 2014

    Install Kali Linux (Dual Boot) on a pre-installed Ubuntu system

    Hi all,

    I apologize if im asking on the wrong place of if this was already asked before.

    Im a absolute beginner on Linux OS and im on the process of learning it. I have a system (Inspiron 14) with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed and i want to install Kali Linux as well for learning purposes for the security path im taking. I would like to have a dual boot between those two because running Kali from a CD is very slow.

    These are the current partitions i have

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 2048 718847 358400 de Dell Utility
    /dev/sda2 718848 7010303 3145728 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda3 * 7010304 1448923135 720956416 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 1448925182 1465147391 8111105 5 Extended
    Partition 4 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda5 1448925184 1465147391 8111104 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    All the guides ive seen get me to the point where i need a free partition space, and since i have none i was wondering if you could guide me tru the process of resizing the sd3 partition (boot) to free up some space to install Kali. Or if there is another easier way i will appreciate that very much

    Thank you in advance

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: Install Kali Linux (Dual Boot) on a pre-installed Ubuntu system

    You have used all 4 primary partitions as the extended counts as a primary.
    So you have to shrink sda3 with gparted and then moved extended left into unallocated to in effect move unallocated inside the extended partition. Then you can create new logical partition(s).

    You have to run gparted from liveCD/DVD/Flash as you cannot use working system as it is mounted. And even with live system, you may have to click on swap and swap off to unmount it as many live installer automount swap. I think the gparted liveCD does not automount swap.

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    Screenshots of using gparted

    gparted also is on Ubuntu live installer.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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