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Installing Ubuntu: Need help with partitioning


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#1 awesomearc

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 09:00 AM

I have Windows 7 installed, and I want to dual-boot Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf along with it.

 

I currently have 4 main partitions on my 1 TB HDD:

 

- Where Windows 7 OS is installed (C: ) (195 GB total space)

- A Primary Partition (E: ) (100 GB total space)

- The 'System Reserved' partition (F: ) (100 MB total space)

- An Extended Partition with one logical drive (G: ) (636 GB total space)

 

What I want to do is, create a main partition for Ubuntu (and create more if required).

 

I just want to know how many partitions, how much space in each, what type, etc...

 

This is my first experience installing Ubuntu, so please be a little 'easy'. :)


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 10:06 AM

Hi awesomearc,

Ubuntu can create the partitions automatically and install alongside Windows.

If partitioning manually, all you actually need is one partition of 12 GiB or so to install Ubuntu on, but it would be advisable to make it larger since you have plenty of space. Many Linux users also have a separate /home partition (home is where you would normally store personal files such as videos, documents and emails etc, and is where the system stores configuration files too), but if like me you keep personal files on a separate partition anyway, you may not want to bother with a separate partition for /home. It may also be advisable to create a swap partition (swap is the equivalent of Windows paging file/virtual memory) depending on how much RAM your computer has.

The easier way would be to let the installer decide on the size of the partitions. To do so:

1) Back up any data that you do not want to lose, as all partitioning has the potential to cause loss of data if something goes wrong.

2) Defragment Windows.

3) Boot up with Ubuntu and click "install," then select "install alongside Windows" and let the installer do the rest.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 03:14 PM

@awesomearc:  Don't let this confuse you, just wanted to ask some questions that may help in your install.

 

@Al000, do you know where the installer is going to put the Linux OS if done the easy way?

     a. Next to C, Utilizing the C Drive partition?

     b. Or, will it use E or G drive?

1. I'm guessing it will choose the Logical one G?  And therefore will ask how big they want the partition to be?

2. Also, is Defrag needed if G Drive has never been used?

    To prep the OP for possible questions upon Installation:

3. What about the "Download Updates While Installing" Option, does this option work well?

4. And the "Install Third Party Software" Option?

 

@awesomearc:  It would be good to know how you use your file system, as in, where you are keeping your files for starters.  

 

Are you using the (E) Drive to keep your files on?

 

Are you using the (G) Drive to keep some files on?  Or is this where you were thinking to install the OS of Linux?

 

- Where Windows 7 OS is installed (C: ) (195 GB total space)

- A Primary Partition (E: ) (100 GB total space)

- The 'System Reserved' partition (F: ) (100 MB total space)

- An Extended Partition with one logical drive (G: ) (636 GB total space)

 

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 02:40 AM

Thanks for the replies, Al1000 and pcpunk.

 

To Al1000,

 

1) I have EVERY SINGLE THING backed up.

2) I have defragmented Windows.

3) 'Let the installer do the rest'? Will it take up space from the Windows partition? If so, I don't want that. I want to take some space from the logical drive and install Ubuntu there.

 

To pcpunk,

 

Yes, I want to keep the files on G: ... But my ultimate goal is this:

 

I want to take up some space from G: to create another partition where I'll install ubuntu.

 

OR If required, I'll convert E: to logical and then merge E: and G: together so that:

 

- I get 3 partitions just after I do the parition editing: Windows, System Reserved, Data storage (E: + G: )

- Then I can take some space from the Data storage (E: + G: ) partition to create another partition where I'll install Ubuntu.

 

Please tell me which idea will be better. :)


Edited by awesomearc, 27 November 2015 - 02:41 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:06 AM

I want to take up some space from G: to create another partition where I'll install ubuntu.

 

In that case don't choose "Install alongside Windows." Please let us know if you have already decided anything else.

 

What size would you ideally like your Linux partition(s) to be?

 

Would you rather have a separate /home partition (see my previous post for details), or would you rather install Linux on a single partition?

 

How much RAM does your computer have?


Edited by Al1000, 27 November 2015 - 04:07 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 04:30 AM

I would like my Linux partition be about 80 GB.

 

Yes, I would like to have a small /home partition.

 

My computer has 4.00 GB of RAM.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:33 AM

In that case you need 3 partitions of the following types. I'll also suggest sizes.

 

1) / (root) 50 GB

2) /home 28 GB

3) swap 2 GB

 

I take it that your G: partition is a Windows partition, in which case I would defragment it before shrinking it. Do you know anything about installing Linux? For example have you watched any youtube videos?


Edited by Al1000, 27 November 2015 - 07:33 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 07:59 AM

Alright, thanks for the reply.

 

Actually, umm... I moved every single file from the HDD, because I thought I would sell this computer, but then I decided I won't, lol. So, since there's actually no data present in the drive, I don't think defragmenting would be of any use. :)

 

Yes, I do know 'a little bit' about Linux, and no, I did not watch youtube videos, but instead, I search a lot about Linux on Google, reading information from a lot of forums, pages etc.

 

EDIT: So should I start working on it now?


Edited by awesomearc, 27 November 2015 - 08:00 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:04 AM

I don't see why not. :)

Please let us know if you have any more questions.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:09 AM

Just one little question here:

 

I read somewhere, that if I create a lot of partitions, I might hit the specified limit for the number of partitions. So, should I merge G: and E: , then take up space from the single drive that will be created after merging?


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:21 AM

That limit (four) only applies to Primary partitions (with an mbr partition table)

You can create as many logical partitions within your extended partition as you want.

Edited by Al1000, 27 November 2015 - 08:22 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:22 AM

OK, thank you very much. :)

 

EDIT: Oh yes, by the way, do you know if at least one primary partition is required or not? That means, can I have only logical partitions, without primary ones?


Edited by awesomearc, 27 November 2015 - 08:24 AM.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:33 AM

I'm not actually sure but I don't see why not, since Linux can be installed on logical partitions just as easily as on primary partitions.

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:35 AM

OK thanks!

 

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 08:41 AM

Thanks. I hadn't noticed. :)




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