[ubuntu-uk] Installing Ubuntu to dual-boot (partition sizes)

Mark Harrison Mark at yourpropertyexpert.com
Fri Aug 31 18:25:13 BST 2007

Hi all,

I've only ever installed Ubuntu as the only O/S on PCs before, but I do 
need the laptop to be able to run Windows Media Centre from time to 
time, so dual-boot is the way to go.

I have an 80Gb HDD, with 40+Gb free at the moment... so in principle 
could re-partition down, to give, say, 20Gb to Ubuntu, and leave 20 
still free for Windows.

Some of the files are at the "wrong end" of the disk, though, so I don't 
have a big block of contiguous space free.

What's the best way to do this? For a one-off exercise, I kind of resent 
the idea of paying £70 for Partition Magic...

Can the Feisty installer do this for me?

Oh - and in an ideal world, I'd like to set things up so the local email 
store (Thunderbird) was on some kind of drive that could be read/written 
reliably by EITHER O/S .... is this viable, or am I going to need to 
keep two copies of my "Offline IMAP" ?


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