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#1 somenoob

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 09:09 PM

Hi guys
I attempted to install Ubuntu-8.04? The latest one but when it gets to the bit where you create a partition for Ubuntu to be used in I get confused. I managed to make a partition but Ubuntu wouldn't let me continue, told me to specify a system root. Also the partition I made took up most of my hard drive and now I can't access it. Anyone know of a good partition manager to remove the extra partition while I'm here?
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 09:41 AM

If I remember correctly from when I installed Ubuntu, you have to specify a partition to be the root partition (ext3 I believe) and specify an extra little partition to be the "swap" partition.

When you attempt to install Ubuntu you *should* be able to remove the partition you create and start again. Alternatively, you can use GParted to partition your drives, but it's a pretty similar (if not the same) program as the partitioner Ubuntu uses.

Are you using the command-line or graphical installer for Ubuntu?
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Posted 01 December 2008 - 05:44 PM

Ah OK. I think I get it now. A friend of mine just said the same thing. There was an option to remove it but it was grayed out. Will GParted remove partitions that windows can't see?
I'm using the graphical installer, tried the GRUB but I don't understand enough to use it.

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 02:37 AM

Yeah, GParted should be able to see everything, to use it you burn the image to a CD like Ubuntu. It should have the same visibility as Ubuntu did as far as I know.
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 06:07 AM

OK I'll give it a shot. I'm trying out Ramesh too just to see if it can pick it up. Cheers!

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Posted 02 December 2008 - 12:51 PM

Ah OK. I think I get it now. A friend of mine just said the same thing. There was an option to remove it but it was grayed out. Will GParted remove partitions that windows can't see?
I'm using the graphical installer, tried the GRUB but I don't understand enough to use it.

The simplest way to install any linux distro is by creating a root(/) partition of ext2,etx3(i prefer) and a swap partition of size 1.5 times that of your RAM.
Now as I understand from above you are unable to boot into linux? If this being the case I would suggest you reinstall ubuntu and when you get to the partitioning point create the 2 partitions mentioned above. That should be it. And also make sure that your root partition's bootable flag is set to "on".(The option shows up in the list). Hope this helps.

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 06:39 PM

Slightly off topic here but you can make Windows recognize ext3 volumes using extIFS for Windows.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:56 PM

Big thanks AA!!! Been looking all over for that one and having no luck finding it.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:27 AM

I still can't make anything work. My external has an issue that causes creation of partitions to fail so I guess its get a bigger internal or a new external before I try it out peoperly. Unless there's a program that can fix errors like that? I tried the seagate tool but they were useless.

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 03:17 PM

You could try using the Partition Manager tool available when using the LiveCD version of Ubuntu. It's actually gparted (an excellent partition manager) and should be able to remove the offending partition.

If all you need to do is specify the root partition for the Ubuntu installer, though, I recommend reading this guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/switching/inst...rtitioning.html

Setting the root partition is not as scary as it sounds. It's just a matter of deciding where Ubuntu should live and marking the partition appropriately.




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