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    Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Hi there

    Due to the nature of my master's program, it would be benifical for me to be able to have Ubuntu on my laptop, which is already running Windows 7.
    It is not because I have any particular problems with Windows 7, it is just because we are going to work on Linux servers and also file manipulation,
    through the terminal is more handy than in Windows.

    I have however found out that I have bought a computer which already has 4 partitions, this means that I cannot create a new partition to install Ubuntu on,
    because that new partionon would be formatted in some weird way, that is not very desireable (as far as I understand).

    So I am not really sure what to do. My computer is an HP, where I have an HP tools, a recovery partition and a partition that I do not really know what is doing.
    So does anybody have an idea about how I could get around this? I would like to end up with a computer with dual boot, where I have both Windows and Ubuntu installed,
    and where I would be able to do recovery in Windows.

    I have used WuBi to install Ubuntu inside of Windows, and that is what I am currently using, but as you probably know it is not the optimal solution. So yeah any advice would be appreciated?

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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Firstly, make sure any partition editing you do to the windows partitions is done using windows utilities, not something like gparted; windows is very fussy about changes made to system partitions, so always reboot back to windows after making changes to allow checkdisk to run and correct any errors.

    Now to your current setup.

    See the answer at http://askubuntu.com/questions/14982...install-ubuntu which I( hope will give you everything you need, or point you in the right direction to find what more you do need.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    ince you already have four partitions, that is the maximum allowed. Simply removing HP_TOOLS is not the solution -- as it is too small to be of any use.

    So first, copy all the files and folders inside the HP_TOOLS partition into your Win7 OS partition.

    Second, open up the Win 7 Disk Management tool. NOW, you can remove the HP_TOOLS partition.

    Third, shrink the Win7 OS partition to make room on the drive. Win7 is very finicky about its OS partition being messed with from "outside" with other tools -- like GParted. While it may be OK, it's more likely to result in filesystem corruption, which will then render Win7 unbootable.

    Fourth, you will need a way, in the future, to restore Win7 to its present state -- and you can do that without using the Recovery partition. Download and install the free version of Macrium Reflect. Hook up an external drive, and use MR to image off the Win7 OS and its boot partition to that drive. Then, use the MR option to create and burn a Linux Boot CD.

    Now, using that CD, you have the ability to restore your current Win7 setup from that backup.

    Fifth, you can now go back into the Win7 Disk Management tool and remove the Recovery partition. Do not format the free space, leave it as is.

    Finally, BEFORE you install Ubuntu, use the Win7 Backup feature to create and burn a Win7 Repair CD. You might need this later if the dual-boot install corrupts the Win7 boot loader.

    When you then install Ubuntu, use the "Something Else" option to allow Manual Partitioning.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    backup and change the system partition into extended one (use the free mini partition tool/wizzard to do that). shrink the system partition and make unformated space for ubunut. boot ubuntu and selec to install next to windows.

    or just use virtualbox.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    This is how I did it with my HP Laptop. See post #12 http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...ary+partitions
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    ince you already have four partitions, that is the maximum allowed. Simply removing HP_TOOLS is not the solution -- as it is too small to be of any use.

    So first, copy all the files and folders inside the HP_TOOLS partition into your Win7 OS partition.

    Second, open up the Win 7 Disk Management tool. NOW, you can remove the HP_TOOLS partition.

    Third, shrink the Win7 OS partition to make room on the drive. Win7 is very finicky about its OS partition being messed with from "outside" with other tools -- like GParted. While it may be OK, it's more likely to result in filesystem corruption, which will then render Win7 unbootable.

    Fourth, you will need a way, in the future, to restore Win7 to its present state -- and you can do that without using the Recovery partition. Download and install the free version of Macrium Reflect. Hook up an external drive, and use MR to image off the Win7 OS and its boot partition to that drive. Then, use the MR option to create and burn a Linux Boot CD.

    Now, using that CD, you have the ability to restore your current Win7 setup from that backup.

    Fifth, you can now go back into the Win7 Disk Management tool and remove the Recovery partition. Do not format the free space, leave it as is.

    Finally, BEFORE you install Ubuntu, use the Win7 Backup feature to create and burn a Win7 Repair CD. You might need this later if the dual-boot install corrupts the Win7 boot loader.

    When you then install Ubuntu, use the "Something Else" option to allow Manual Partitioning.
    First off, thanks a lot! You seem to know what you are talking about, I do however have some questions:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Fourth, you will need a way, in the future, to restore Win7 to its present state -- and you can do that without using the Recovery partition. Download and install the free version of Macrium Reflect. Hook up an external drive, and use MR to image off the Win7 OS and its boot partition to that drive. Then, use the MR option to create and burn a Linux Boot CD.
    So do I need an empty external hard drive for this? And will this work just like the current boot drive?

    And since I am not that experienced with Ubuntu, is there a guide for this "Something Else" option? I have heard rumours that it smart to create two partitions for Ubuntu...

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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Auto install options will just use unallocated space, after you have used Windows to shrink Windows. The auto install just creates / (root) and swap with whatever sizes fit. I used this for the first several years of Ubuntu use, but almost immediately created a shared partition with XP so my Firefox & Thunderbird profiles could be read from both systems. I originally used FAT32 in 2006, but converted to NTFS for shared partition in 2009 for better reliability.

    If you want more partitions like a separate /home or full control of sizes then you do need to use manual install or Something Else. I prefer to use gparted to create partitions in advance, as it is a bit easier, but you still have to use Something else to choose mount (/), format (ext4) and which partition that is. Or you can create partitions as part of that.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    So do I need an empty external hard drive for this?
    You don't need an empty hard drive, just one with enough room to save a compressed image of your Win7 installation. Compression ranges from setup to setup but, in general, you can expect around 50% compression -- my Win7 takes about 40GB and the compressed image backup files are about 20GB.

    And will this work just like the current boot drive?
    IF you mean the Linux Boot CD, no. That is used to boot your PC into MR so you can run a restore -- since you can't overwrite a partition that is in use.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Unless you really know what you are doing, mucking around with partitions and the like can quickly turn your computer into a doorstop.

    I strongly recommend installing VirtualBox in Windows, then installing Ubuntu into a new virtual machine. Follow these instructions to add the Oracle VB repositories to your system and install VB.

    If you really want to repartition and install Ubuntu directly, I set forth the process I used on an HP dv6t here.
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    Re: Install ubuntu on Windows 7 with 4 partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by SeijiSensei View Post
    I strongly recommend installing VirtualBox in Windows, then installing Ubuntu into a new virtual machine. Follow these instructions to add the Oracle VB repositories to your system and install VB.
    Yeah well I have had experience with Virtual Machines, and unfortunately, I must say all of it has been pretty negative.

    All the Virtual Machines I have had, have been so slow that working on them gets hugely annoying...

    So I guess if you have a fix for this, it would be most welcomed!

    My comp specs are:

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    Around 275 GB hard drive .

    No dedicated graphic card.

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