Installation and partitioning

August 25, 2009 at 00:48:23
Specs: Windows XP
Hello Teachers,

I am a novice. I have a PC with Windows XP having 2 partitions. C:(having free space) has windows and D: is
recovery partition. Both are in NTFS. I want to install linux in my PC. I think I should create one more partion E:
by minimising C: using partition magic 8.

1. How can I partition the drive using partition magic 8?

2.Should the new partition be in FAT 32 format?

3.After partitioning what should i do? I have the ubuntu live cd only.

Please explain in detail step by step.
I will be highly grateful to you.


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August 25, 2009 at 02:10:24
Be aware that the XP system partition C: requires at least 15% free space in order to run some of the necessary maintenance apps such as Defrag.

Ensure your backup is up-to-date before attempting any re-partitioning for which my preferred utility is Easus Partition Manager.

The latest version of Ubuntu is 9.04 with a new release due out in October. Ubuntu 9.04 can be downloaded or the cd can be ordered from Canonicals.

Responses to your questions:
1. Read the Partition Magic manual (sorry about the RTFM). The Ubuntu installer is also capable of resizing partitions.
2. No, when you install Ubuntu the partition will be formatted to ext2 or ext3 format.
3. Boot from the live cd (having set bios to boot from the cd/dvd first). A menu should be displayed from which you can select to install.

This is probably a very steep learning curve for a novice, ensure you choose to follow the instructions for dual booting Ubuntu with XP already installed.

Here is a very good read from the Ubuntu Community Help site:

More info available here:

Good luck.

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August 29, 2009 at 20:39:11
Dear sir,

Thank you very for your time and highly valued suggestion. I tried both the methods:

1. Used the partitioner in ubuntu CD utself.

2. Used partition magic to create partition and then installed ubuntu.

But in both the cases I made the two partitions for linux:

1.ext3 partition for linux and made it primary.

2.swap partition for linux and also made it primary.

My question is that should both the partion be primary or anyone can be logical?

One more question ::: I have a laptop with vista home premium. I cannot use partition magic to make partion.
Now if I want to insatll linux along with vista how to do that. Can i use vistas own partitioner?

What is the difference between Vista home basic, vista home premium and vista professional? Which one is better. will u arrange in order of efficiency?


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