Installing Ubuntu on a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8

Jim Byrnes jf_byrnes at
Tue Oct 8 00:17:52 UTC 2013

On 10/07/2013 03:15 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 10/07/2013 03:31 PM, chris wrote:
>> On 08/10/13 08:14, Jim Byrnes wrote:
>>> On 10/07/2013 07:45 AM, Liam Proven wrote:
>>>> On 7 October 2013 03:24, Jim Byrnes <jf_byrnes at> wrote:
>>>>> I know you can only have 4 primary partitions.
>>>> Ah but hang on. You have listed 5 already. This should have clued you
>>>> in that something was up, surely?
>>> Which is why I came here seeking help.  The partition figures I posted
>>> came from the Ubuntu installer screen.  Earlier when I had Ubuntu
>>> running from the live dvd I looked at it with gpartd and all the
>>> partitions I listed where displayed next to each other across the top
>>> of the screen.
>>> My goal is to leave Windows 8 on the disk, not setup and unactivated
>>> so if I need it in the future I could just set it up. Maybe that is
>>> not even possible, I couldn't find any info about that by googling,
>>> but then I am a poor googler.
>>>> How big is the disk?
>>> 500 GB
>>> Regards,  Jim
>> Win 8 has three primary partitions, which only leaves one primary,
>> available. So you put root on that and then the rest into  extended
>> partitions.
> Or, you dump Win8 and get your machine back to where you own it. :) Ric

Usually I do.  The last desktop I bought had Win 7 on it. It was easy to 
unplug the HD and pop a new one in to install Ubuntu.  The prior laptop 
had Win 7 on it also, not as easy to swap HD's there. I read through the 
eula's and thought no way will I let you dictate to me what I can and 
can't do with my own computer, so I wiped Win 7 and installed Ubuntu. 
Now I wish I had dual booted it.  My daughters laptop went bad so I gave 
her mine.  She as adapted to Ubuntu quite well but still needs to use 
windows sometimes, which means she must use a very old laptop with xp on 
it.  If I had dual booted it would have saved her that trouble.  That's 
the only reason I'm trying to keep Win 8 around.

Regards,  Jim

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