Installing Ubuntu on a laptop that has Windows 7 and Linux Mint

taodoe9.amabel at taodoe9.amabel at
Fri Mar 2 19:14:11 UTC 2012

Thanks for the reply.

On Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM, Pongo  wrote:

> PartedMagic is a free utility which bundles lots of useful tools, but
> most importantly the gnome partitioner.  You use it as a live CD or USB
> to pre-partition your hard disk before installing new operating systems.
> Highly recommended.

Can't the Ubuntu installer create new partitions and resize existing ones?

>> I booted up the "Ubuntu 11 Iso" on my computer. The installer was
>> aware that I had "other operating systems". It asked me whether I
>> wanted to install Ubuntu 11.10 alongside them. I did, and then I was
>> led to "Guided Installation". I saw this screen:
> You don't want to do this unless you are willing to trash Mint 11.  You
> need to use manual partitioning, preferably after you have used Parted
> Magic or something similar to make empty partitions on your disk for
> everything you want to install.
Oh, so you mean that even if the Ubuntu installed said that I had
"operating systems" (plural), it was only going to keep one of them
(Win7)? Hmmm.... if that's the case, I think the Ubuntu staff should
make this clear.

>> sda1 ntfs 1.6GB Windows 7
>> sda2 ntfs 209GB Windows 7
>> sda5 ext4 93.9GB Linux Mint 11 Katya
>> sda6 swap (linux-swap) 4.1GB
>> sda3 ntfs 11.1GB Windows Recovery Environment
> You have one hard disk which looks as if it is divided into 3 primary
> partitions and one extended partition with two logical partitions in it.
>> Some questions:
>> 1. Why is Windows 7 split into sda1 and sda2?
> Sda1 is most likely the recovery image for Win7.
Is there a difference between "recovery image" (what you say sda1 is)
and "Windows Recovery Environment" (sda3's label)?


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