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by dansar99 / June 23, 2009 1:37 AM PDT

I am a using a ubuntu installation I downloaded to a cd. When I get to the partition wizard I get confused about the slider. In the 27.1 g ( a partition I created with EASUS ) free space it allots 24.6 to/dev/sda3 and 2.5 g to ubuntu 9.04. Now I can change this with the slider but I have no idea what the ideal setting will be. I also uninstalled Wubi Ubuntu but the choice still appears when I boot. Is that going to be a problem? Is there a danger that the installation will wipe out Windows? Thank you for any help. Dan

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When I dual boot...
by FrankQC / June 23, 2009 4:28 AM PDT

... I make sure not to touch the Windows partition (NTFS).

When dualbooting w/ Linux you need to create a SWAP partition and a bootable ext3 or ext4 partition mounted to "/"

Now, I haven't used Wubi 'nor EASUS, so I can't help you with those.

As long as you don't touch your NTFS partition it will stay in tact. If you install Linux over it, well, it's gone.

Ubuntu uses GRUB and I choose to install GRUB on the Master Boot Record.. But when you do that and decide to delete Linux, you won't be able to boot into Windows and you'll have to fix the MBR with boot discs (from what I know). So be careful with that.

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thank you for replying...
by dansar99 / June 23, 2009 4:51 AM PDT
In reply to: When I dual boot...

but it seems like it should be an easy go but then again I am a computer moron.The installation disk does give me an option to install using GRUB whatever that is. I am using the dual boot install. The slider is only on the 27.1 g free space partition. I dont know why the installation is alloting so much space to /dev/sda3 (whatever that is) and what advantage I have to changing what the partition wizard alloted in the 1st place. Dan

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by damasta55r / June 23, 2009 10:41 AM PDT

Believe that the smaller partition is for the file system and the dev/sda3 is pretty much gonna be the size of your home folder for ubuntu for installing programs or w/e. not 100% sure, usually i just let the installer partitoin what it likes.

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I know that one of them is for the SWAP partition..
by FrankQC / June 23, 2009 10:55 AM PDT
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.. If you choose beginning setup/default setup.

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by dansar99 / June 23, 2009 11:06 PM PDT
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I left it as is and installed. So far,so good. I'm using firefox in ubuntu to answer this thread. Only thing to check now is if I can still load windows. Thank you Dan

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by dansar99 / June 24, 2009 1:19 AM PDT
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Windows boot worked..but I should have moved the slider to give ubuntu room for updates. I tried updating and received a message to free up some space for updates. I wonder if I should uninstall and then reinstall or is there another work around? I'll have to find out how to uninstall..grrrr.. Firefox is sucky browser. when I reloaded my personal toolbar was empty. Dan

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by dansar99 / June 24, 2009 2:21 AM PDT
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I guess from what I read that uninstalling Ubuntu is not an easy task..grrr. when I installed Ubuntu it imported my bookmarks and then I set up my personal toolbar. When I rebooted to check if windows would boot {it did) and then rebooted into ubuntu everything was gone from firefox. No bookmarks or personal toolbar. Home page is a google search. If I do a search and then open a link the back button is faded so I cant get back to search results. LOL..what a mess! This is a 7 yr old HP Pavillion with a 80 gig drive. I only use it for email and browsing so no actual harm done. I've always had at least 50 gigs of free space so losing 27 gigs will not other me. I'll try to fix it. Dan

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