Installing Ubuntu on a Toshiba laptop with Windows 8

Doug dmcgarrett at
Wed Oct 9 02:39:59 UTC 2013

On 10/07/2013 04:15 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 10/07/2013 03:31 PM, chris wrote:

>>> 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
Well, Ric is anti Windows, I guess, but there are things that only
run in Windows, and the easiest way, to my way of thinking, is to
findout if you can turn efi off. If so, then get GParted and make
a primary partition, /sda1 for Windows and install it. You're going to
leave the space, and you apparently have the software, so install it.
I have a 78GB partition for Windows 8, of which 56 is used, and there
are very few apps on it. so you be the judge of how big you need.\
When you make the partitions, make the Windows one NTFS, and the
others (except swap) ext4. Then partition the disk with extended
partitions for Linux, as was sufggested.
If you only intend to use one distro of either 32 or 64 G, then
make / and /home and a small swap--as was suggested, about the size of
ram, unless ram is less than 4 Gb.

Now think ahead: are you likely to want to experiment with another
distro, or another OS? If so, leave room for it. You don't need more
swap--other Linux systems will use what you have made. Maybe Unix will,
I don't know.

When you get done, you will be able to use Grub or Grub 2 for your
boot loader, and forget about uefi.


Blessed are the peacemakers..for they shall be shot at from both sides.

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