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If you are reinstalling Ubuntu, you do not need to "free up" space. Just delete the current ubuntu partition and create a new one in the installer.

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Can I override the bios at startup so that it will recognize a new hard drive - for linux?


There should be no need to play around with your bios settings. Linux will install on a brand new hard drive as the sole operating system, or on an existing hard drive alongside Windows without any problem.

If you haven't already got a Linux distro, have a look at
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Download whichever version of Ubuntu you prefer (LTS- the long term support version is recommended).

When the .iso file containing the operating system had downloaded, burn it onto a dvd, or install it on a usb drive.

Insert the dvd into the drive and restart or switch off/switch on the computer. The dvd will then kick in and offer you the choice of trying Ubuntu without installing, or a full install.

If you're using a new, empty hard drive just follow the on screen instructions and Ubuntu will install as the sole operating system.

If you already have Windows on your hard drive Ubuntu will give you the choice of either erasing Windows or installing Ubuntu alongside Windows. It's your choice.

Installing Ubuntu alongside Windows creates a dual boot hard drive. At start up you just choose which OS to use - Windows or Ubuntu. If creating this dual-boot system Ubuntu puts a (Linux) boot loader into the Windows OS so that Linux is recognised.

If you save the Ubuntu file to a usb drive you then have to change the bios settings so that your computer uses USB as the first boot device. Then restart your computer so that it boots in from your usb .. and Ubuntu will begin installing.

Whichever you use - dvd or usb - during the installation process Ubuntu will ask you how many GB of hard drive space it should use? You do not need to physically partition the hard drive. Linux will do it for you.

If it's a desktop PC you are using with Windows on the first hard drive and are fitting a second hard drive to install Linux on, or have installed Linux on the second hard drive .. and find that Linux doesn't appear at start up, it's because there's no Linux boot loader in Windows.

I quit using Windows many years ago.

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


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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How to install/dual boot Linux on your mac


you need to <br /> <br /> A) download a copy of linux (i always use ubuntu) <br /> http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download<br /><br /> B) burn that copy of linux to a CD<br /> (to do this you need to go to your disk utility app and click burn image to disk and than select the iso you chose, using other software the option will be something like "create mountable disk" OR "burn bootable image")<br /><br /> C) boot to that cd--- to do this you put the cd in and reboot your mac while holding the 'C' key <br /> <br /> D) open the partition editor and create a partition on your hardrive the size that you want linux to be (idealy replacing the main partition on your computer not one of the smaller boot partition)<br /><br />*Optional- If you are planning on dual booting do not replace the main partition completely instead create a new linux partition from the main partition's free space additionally if you are dual booting and using Leopard or later you can use the bootcamp app to create a partition than use the linux partition editor to format the bootcamp partition to free space and than install linux on it<br /> <br /> <br /> E) once you have the partition made simply follow the initial instructions to install there will be an installer app that replaces your now free partition with linux.<br /> <br />*if you chose to dual boot to access linux simply hold the 'Alt' key when booting up and than highlight the linux/windows HD<br /> Enjoy<br />

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Uninstall os linux ubuntu 13.10 from my laptop


Are you dual booting? Windows and Ubuntu? What version of Windows? You maybe able to reclaim the space by using the Disk Management (right click "My Computer" select Manage then select Disk Management). In there you will see NTFS for your Windows partitions, and something like Unknown for the linux ones, you can then delete the linux partition and possibly extend your NTFS partition to use the free space (depending on version of windows).
If this is a standalone Ubuntu install, you should be able to just use the installer disk for another OS and boot it to reformat the drive.
good luck!

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I removed Ubuntu from a dual Vista/Ubuntu boot system. Now I am left with a free space. When I try to create a new simple volume using Vista Disk Management tool, it comes back with a message "there...


it is very hard for me to help someone that wants to get rid of LINUX :( ...but I'm a proffessional and I'm letting my feelings aside ha!

Firs is your MBR was created with UBUNTU or Windows (in other words when you boot is it a windows menu or a LINUX menu) that lets you choose the boot options? if it's LINUX you have to use a LINUX base partition editor to edit the MBR (the way the system will boot), if it's a Windows MBR then you normally ave to delete the LINUX partiton... (if Windows can not delete it you can use a LINUX base disk partitioner) be extra prudent using disk partition editors, if you do not understand what you do you can LOSE data...

Good luck!

Jan 12, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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MY LAPTOP IS DOING NOTHING BECAUSE MY C DRIVE IS FULL AND IT WONT LET ME DELETE ANYTHING.. IVE TRIED THE DISC CLEAN UP BUT I DONT GET ANY FREE SPACE, IVE BOUGHT AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE AND MY LAPTOP DOESNT...


If you don't care about your data and don't need to back anything up, you can reinstall windows straight from the disc you have. If you do care about your data, you'll have to hook up another drive. Unfortunately, it seems like your problems are beyond the point of just hooking up a drive and copying files.

I'll give you two parts. First, how to reinstall windows. Second, how to copy files. Once again, if you care about your data you should skip down to the second part now.

1. Put your windows cd into your drive and reboot. Your screen should pop up with a message that says "Press any key to boot to cd." If it does not, reboot again, and this time go to your Setup screen. This is usually done by pressing the "F2" key or "DEL" key initially upon booting. Once you are in your setup screen, you need to change the Boot order to go to CD before it goes to Hard Disk.

Once you've booted up to your cd, you will be run through a windows installer that will let you partition and reformat your computer to do a new installation of windows.

2. The best way to copy your files when your hard disk fails or you can't recognize drives is to run a live version of linux. Ubuntu is what I use. Don't be scared now! Linux is very user-friendly, graphical, and easy to navigate these days. You don't need to know any code to run it or use it. You will need to download Ubuntu Linux on another machine and burn the CD, as I assume your computer won't handle downloading and burning a cd image. Once you have your Ubuntu CD, all you do is reboot with it in your drive and choose to Try the live version of Ubuntu. This will not take up any hard drive space and it won't overwrite your files. Ubuntu will simply be running in your memory space and allow you to access your computer and external drive so you can backup your files.

Good luck!

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How to Install both XP and Linux?


Hi,
I would install XP 1st then Open suse or Ubuntu. When you install either of these linux OS's ensure you install to another partition other than the windows one. Both installation routines will allow you to format the drive to the linux ext2 format and automatically install a boot manager (usually GRUB) which will allow you to select the OS you wish to boot.

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Ubuntu partitioning after installation


hi,
Just in case you didn't know, the program in Ubuntu to do partition related stuff is called gparted. Usually it's located under menu system/administration/partition editor
If you want to alter your linux partition, then you need to boot from the CD and run gparted from the CD. The graphical interface of gparted is okay, pretty comprehensive. However, before you do something with your HDD, be sure to backup first.
One last thing, NEVER give a label to your harddisk using gparted. Label in linux and dos/windows are totally different.

Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

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It sounds like you have Vista but want to install Linux as a dual boot. Have you ever tried a live CD? A live CD is a CD you can download for free for just about every major distribution. You can run the live CD without installing linux to try it out on your system. If you like it, you can install it from the live CD onto whatever hard drive you wish. Most major linux's installs are graphical just like windows so you shouldn't have any problems. You can get a live CD from most major linuxs'. I recommend Ubuntu because that's what I use and I could help you with it once you got started. You can go to the site and download it and burn it as an ISO.

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possibly by first creating a new partition large enough for Linux OS, but does not solve your problem...try getting a VISTA startup disc from another pc (floppies if you have the drive) and startup from these.

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