Gernot Hassenpflug aikishugyo at
Thu Feb 28 01:17:26 UTC 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 9:14 AM, Richard Rudnick <rich at> wrote:
>  On Wed, 2008-02-27 at 17:55 -0600, Alex Barrantes wrote
>  > I want to divide my hard drive in 3
>  > partitions, the first part to keep
>  > the Windows Vista already
>  > installed, the second part to
>  > install Ubuntu and the third
>  > one for save files which I can open
>  > or write when I using
>  > both operating systems.
>  > I have heard with debian installer
>  > you can get a hard disk partition
>  > without formatting or deleting
>  > existing information, but has its
>  > risks. Question: Is Ubuntu
>  > installer that I have fallen allows
>  > this operation?
>  Two things: First, it's a good idea to resize the vista partition from
>  inside of vista, I think it's in disk management under
>  accessories->system tools or some such. Ubuntu does have an ntfs
>  partition shrinker, though.

Good move.

>  Second, you'll want 4 partitions: 1 for vista, one for ubuntu, one for
>  swap and the 4th for saved files.  Swap should be about 2x your memory,
>  up to around 2gb max. It's used for swapping out unused but running
>  programs, and optimizes memory usage.

I suggest making the swap partition a primary one, and then making one
more primary for boot, and the fourth one an extended partition which
you can then subdivide further. I generally leave one partition free
between other used partititions so that repartitioning and/or moving
partitions is slightly easier.

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