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I'm installing ubuntu linux 8.04 on my acer laptop - partition question

I'm at the point where I'm selecting the partition size. My computer says (on the left side of the screen: /dev/ 10% and on the right side: Ubuntu 8.04 90%. Which is the partition size of Ubuntu 10% or 90%.....or should I use the "largest continuous free space" option. I would like Ubuntu to take up most of my hard drive instead of vista. 
Also can I resize later if I decide to dedicate 100% of my hard drive to Ubuntu?

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  • bwinter Jul 05, 2008

    Good point. I have barely used the computer so it should not take long to defrag it. Can I cancel the install at this point by hitting the "back" button?

    What option should I choose for Ubuntu to take up about 70% of the space on my hard drive?

  • bwinter Jul 05, 2008

    Thanks for the info. I'll try out the Live CD before installing Ubuntu.

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Yes you can resize your drive later, before installing ubuntu on the same drive with another operateing system you need to defrag the existing drive, and then resize the partition and then install the ubuntu.

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  • Ekse Jul 05, 2008

    You can also try ubuntu from a live cd which doesn't require you to install anything.

  • Ekse Jul 05, 2008

    posted by Ekse on Jul 05, 2008


    I think you rejected my solution a bit too fast.

    anyways

    You can also try ubuntu from a live cd which doesn't require you to install anything.

    Yes you can cancel your setup at this point your vista should still work and you can do that.





    Comment by Ekse, posted on Jul 05, 2008
    to get it to use 70% you would need to configure the partitions manually.

    Comment by Ekse, posted on Jul 05, 2008
    read here
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/partiti...

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