Installing Ubuntu as 2nd OS

Joseph ubuntu at e-pops.org
Sat Apr 19 02:10:30 UTC 2008


Peter Domanski wrote:
> elmo wrote:
>> Ilya Vishnyakov wrote:
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>>> Hello Lucky Ubuntu Users!
>>>
>>>  
>>>
>>> I have a Dell laptop with Win Xp and 1 partition on it. This laptop 
>>> has very valuable information for me, personally. I was wondering if 
>>> will be able to install Ubuntu as second OS on my laptop, without 
>>> reformatting the hard drive. I need to keep the data on it intact.
>>>
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>>> Thank you for your advice.
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>>> Ilya.
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>> WARNING!!!!!!!!!!
>> Unless you can install a second hard drive for your additional operating 
>> systems you MUST do the
>> following:
>>
>> Before you try to create a new partition for ubuntu you must (!!!!!!!!) 
>> defragment the partition you are using for Windows to make sure all the 
>> data is moved out of the way where you will make a partition for your 
>> ubuntu installation.   OTHERWISE, you will lose some of your Windows data.
>>
>> To defragment the Windows  partition,  do:
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>> Start> My Computer>local disk C:>Properties>Tools>Defragmentation 
>> Now>Defragment,
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>> The entire graph represents the entire C: partition, the full size of 
>> your hard drive.  What we want to do is create enough space for another 
>> partition to the right of the green block(s).  You can estimate the 
>> space (GB) available for the new partition.
>>
>> This wlll display the entire C: partition in graphical form and you will 
>> see the data moving toward the left side of the green block(s)
>> There will be 1 or 2 green segments and possibly some other colored 
>> blocks to the right.  The idea is to get all those to the right of the 
>> green to move to the left side of the green ones.  This will create 
>> space for a new partition for your ubuntu.
>>
>> After ALL the blue has been moved to the left side of the green all that 
>> space to the right is available for a new partition  (D:)
>>
>> It may be necessary to repeat the operation to move everything to the 
>> left of the green block(s).
>>
>> What you want to do first after the space becomes available is use a 
>> partitioner to set  an upper limit  for  the size of the C:  partition.
>>
>> If this has been done carefully, you should have a smaller  partition  
>> for all  your Windows with  its original data squeezed into a smaller  
>> partition .  The green blocks will be more to the right when you do the 
>> defragment again meaning that the C: partition has been shrunk.  You 
>> won't notice any difference in operation.
>>
>> Use a partitioner to create a new ext3 partition that starts where the 
>> C: partition ends.   This new partition will start somewhere to the 
>> right of the green blocks.    You won't see the new partition if it has 
>> been formatted ext3.
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>> The simplest way to avoid all the work of resetting the size of the 
>> windows partition is to install a second hard drive.
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> De fragmenting the windows partition is definitely recommended but after 
> you do that I recommend booting Ubuntu from a cd then lunching gparted 
> (a graphical partition manager/editor) from there you can very simply 
> shrink the windows partition. Gparted will actually move around all the 
> data on the partition so that it is not lost during the shrinking. Once 
> that is done simply click on the icon on the desktop to install Ubuntu 
> from the CD, and once the installation starts make sure to specify that 
> you only want to use the free space on your hard drive and not the 
> entire disk.  It sounds like a lot of work but is actually pretty 
> simple, just make sure you take your time and read all the directions.
> 
> Good Luck.
> 


I've used XP and the defrag in it doesn't do a great job...   Shucks, it doesn't do as good as a lousy job.  It leaves 
information from one end of the drive to the other....

So how does one get it all together into one clump like the Sindows95 degfrag did.






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