Ubuntu Installation :: Appropriate Partitioning And Re Sizing?
Jun 9, 2010
I just purchased a new MSI WindTop AE2220 with a 320 GB hard drive running Windows 7. I want to dual boot until I know I have found all of the appropriate drivers. The confusing part is that the computer came with 4 partitions as displayed in the attached screenshot jpeg. How would you recommend I resize and partition my drive?
Current Partitions (in order):
Recovery Partition 14.65GB / 14.45 free
Active Recovery 100 mb / 100 mb free
OS-Install (c) 68.36GB / 42.06 GB free
Data (D) 214 GB / 213 free
I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on half of my D drive about a year ago, but realized that I don't really need all the space on the Ubuntu partition. I have Windows Visa Home Premium installed on my C drive. Is there any way to re-size the drive on which I had installed Ubuntu without removing it?
linux newbie here -- there is a feature in windows 7 that I would love to make work here. I'm sure there is some way to do it, given how customizable linux is, but I have no idea how.
In windows 7, if you hit the Windows key + the left arrow, it will automatically resize the window you are looking at to fill half the screen, on the left side. Likewise if you push the right arrow, for the right side, Windows+up arrow maximizes, and windows + down arrow minimizes. Does anyone have an idea of how I can configure ubuntu to do the same thing?
I have tried the Netbook Edition as a live CD (SD card actually) and as a VMWare virtual machine - trying to decide if I want to use it rather than the "real" distro on my netbook. The issue which is bugging me at the moment is that all windows seem to open full screen. Granted this is generally appropriate with a small display. However, I do not need a full screen terminal window.
So, I right click on the titlebar and select Unmaximize (took me a while to figure out that one as there are no window close, min, max buttons displayed) and I set the window to the size I want it. I then close the terminal. When I launch terminal again it is full screen.
Is there a way to tell gnome to remember the last window size for an app? My 10.04 desktop seems to do this by default.
I am running Debian Jessie with Gnome 3.14.2 on a Macbook Pro 15" with retina display. My resolution is currently set to 2880:1800 and any time I try to lower it, the whole screen goes to black (even if I change it to something in the 16:10 ratio) and I just have to keep force restarting when doing that. I want to lower it because a lot of stuff is really small. Certain aspects of windows in programs are so small, and in order to properly view stuff on my web browser I have to increase the magnification to around 250% for it to be reasonable.
Some things seem normally sized in the windows, and thus make things awkward on the screen, especially in chrome. Is there a way to fix this without having to change my resolution and/or font sizes? Making font sizes bigger on the gnome tweak tool makes things look a bit more awkward because it squeezes the text into small spaces. I would rather keep a higher resolution for a better picture, and changing it seems to mess things up. Here is what my browser looks like (without magnifying). Notice how the font size in the bookmark bar is disproportionately large compared to the buttons in the top right to close/max/min the window.
And this problem isn't just in the browser, but for example, in matlab everything is extremely tiny. I want to make everything larger, not just the text...
I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu on a brand new HP DL380 G6 server. Any time I go through the install, it freezes at 33% of formatting the first partition. I have tried 9.04 server disk, 9.10 server disk, and 9.10 desktop (all AMD64). I'm running out of ideas to troubleshoot. The server is listed as supported by Ubuntu 9.04. Here's more of the hardware:
2x quad-core Intel Xeon X5550 procs 16GB of RAM 5x 300GB SAS drives in RAID-5 array (1.2TB useable)
I just finished installing with the 9.10 alternate install disk (AMD64), and after reboot, it doesn't seem to find the boot partition and just sits there after attempting to boot from CD and hard disk.
I am installing UNR 10.04 but I get stuck at the partition because I want to dual boot with windows and I am afraid to go far without professional advice. What i want to do is install ubuntu on my D:/ drive and keep xp on my C drive. This is the current state of my hard drives at the moment (screenshot.png). I don't know what all the boxes to the right are for either. Also my D drive (which I want ubuntu on) has ext4 on it from a previous failed attempt to install linux mint. Because of this when I go to install ubuntu it shows xp on the C drive and linux mint on the D drive although the installation was botched and I cant really boot into linux mint. I have provided a screenshot of this too (screenshot-1.png). How to install UNR on my D drive properly. Iknow I need to add a swap partition how do I do that?
I'm new to the Debian, but not to Linux. I've previously used Ubuntu for a few years, so I know something about how a successful installation should look like. I'm currently using Windows 7.
I downloaded the debian-6.0.3-amd64-gnome-netinst.iso from [URL] ...., and then made a USB pendrive using the Windows version of Unetbootin. The MD5 sum for the .iso-file was the correct one, b663727d7f5b572c329cea8e2ff5e29c.
I used the usual non-graphical setup, without any special options. The installation process went without hiccups until the "Starting up the partitioner" -screen freezes at "Scanning disks...". The bar stops at 50%. It never progresses any farther, even after an hour. It doesn't give any errors either. After I pressed Alt+F4, the last lines were:
Code: Select allpartman: No matching physical volumes found partman: No volume groups found partman: Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while... partman-lvm: No volumegroups found
Exactly the same happens with firmware-6.0.3-amd64-netinst.iso too, or any of the live versions I tried. The result of graphical installation was also nothing. The USB pendrive created by LinuxLive USB Creator was nonoperative in exactly the same way.
The computer is brand new, without any previous OS installations. My desktop computer has the following parts:
I am trying to install 2 or 3 versions of linux on my hardisk of 500GB capacity. The configuration of my machine is Intel Dual Core, 4 GB Ram, 3.0 Processor Windows XP is not installed on this. I tried to use a tool called GParted but was unable to use as it was not able to bring up the XServer So I booted the machine with fedora14 installation CD and chose "Custom Layout" After reading about the partitions needed by Fedora I created 3 partitions in /dev/sda /dev/sda1 the boot of 500MB formated as ext4 /dev/sda2 the swap of 6096MB formatted as swap /dev/sda3 / size 150GB formatted as ext4
The installation went well and fc14 runs well on this. However when I went to install the other linux version ....the installer was not able to recognize the unallocated space of nearly 350 GB on the hard disk.....So I am not able to create new partitions and then install the new linux on the newer partition. As a result I am unable to make use of the remaining space on the HDisk. I think I should have created /dev/sda4 /dev/sda5 etc when I installed fc14 itself....
Whenever I try to install Ubuntu 9.10 x64 from a Live CD the installer freezes or quits when trying to partition the drive. I tried booting into the Live environment and using GParted but that would only let me make a ReiserFS partition without crashing. With the Reiser partition I tried the installation program again but this time the installer froze when trying to install the files.
My system specs are: AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ (3.0GHz) 4GB RAM 500GB SATA2 HDD ATI Radeon HD 4770
Currently it also has a second SATA2 HDD with Windows 7 installed but I disconnect this during installations
I have a laptop running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and I need to upgrade to the new Ubuntu, I order to get complete use of my hardware. Usually when I install a new version of Ubuntu, I have the opportunity to use my old partitioning, but now I can only use the entire disk or create a new partition table.
The laptop has other partitions that is a data and a Windows partition as I want to preserve.
How can I install the new Ubuntu on the old Ubuntu partition and preserve the data on other partitions?
I have tried installing Ubuntu 9.10, 64 and also 32 bit versions, neither works. During the install, I get to the step where the installer wants to bring up and show the partitions but the partitions never appear. If I quit, I am show the Ubuntu live screen where if I bring up Gparted and choose to install on the unused partition (second half of a data drive), the install proceeds but stalls at about 15% partitioning of that space.
I have installed Ubuntu many times before, have used gparted live to resize and create partitions in the past, something seems really amiss this time. And all I can think of is that I now have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (quad core AMD processor, 64 bit, 8GB ram; two hard drives, Win7 on the first drive, second drive is data on a partition and an empty unused partition to which I unsuccessfully try to install Ubuntu 9.10.
Is it just Win 7 messing this up? If it is Win7, that is very very disturbing.
I was not even able to get Wubi to work-- in installed, but then when I rebooted and chose to boot into Wubi I got an endless jam up of errors windows on the screen saying there was no "/" root partition.
I am trying to put together a customized automatic installation of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop for a set of computers I manage at work. Since there are other servers in my department that are Red Hat based, I was introduced to Kickstart so I have been using that exclusively.
I have almost my entire installation automated using Kickstart with the exception of the partitioning, which is as follows:
My problem that I am asking for help on is that the Kickstart automates everything until the clearpart, where it then asks 2 questions which I would like to figure out how to automate the answers to (preferably within my Kickstart script)
The first question is the install process telling me about my currently configured partitions and mount points. Asking me if i want to "Undo changes to partitions" or "Finish Partitioning and write changes to disk" which I of course want to finish partitioning.
The second question is telling me if I continue the changes listed will be written to the disks, and asks if I want to "Write changes to disks?" which I want to select Yes for automatically.
Like I mentioned before I have searched the web and this forum for any potential way of doing this, but so far have come up with nothing, so I figured I would ask the experts out here and see what suggestions come up. I realize the Kickstart is not completely implemented in Ubuntu, however since I have everything written in Kickstart already I would prefer to stay within the Kickstart script to fix this.
I would like to know if using VHD (Virtual Hard Drive) is a better method instead of resizing Hard Disks / partitioning etc....What I was thinking of is a method whereby I creeate a VHD file and link it to Windows 7 Boot Loader .. I am actually not in favour of either Virtual Box or VmWare as I have to load into an OS and launch it and I dont personally like the "host" --"guest" way of functioning wherein you have to keep toggling ...Also you dont get a real feel of a virtualized Application or Distro....
It is safe , but you cant test the real potential of a distro in terms of Hardware recognition ..It is a shadow of some existing OS whiin which resources are shared.. For instance my wireless adapter is used as a "wired" connection in Virtual Box.i dont know if the distro per se recognises my wireless.Also RAM is shared so speed is reduced.. So I read that in Win 7 you can create a VHD and also use BCD edit to invoke it at bootup...I am thinking it is in the same manner as a Virtual Box /Vmware way of functioning but with advantages like
1. Quicker bootup 2. Ease of Use ( no need for partition hassle)..Just create / delete HD files 3. Full Hardware resource utilization 4. Independent functioning 5. Dynamic storage
1. 2 TB limitation for files...But that is way too much for me!! I hardly use even 40 GB! Is this advisable or is there a basic flaw in my assumption?....I can have one permanent OS - either Linux or Win 7 and operate my system without bothering about file systems , resize etc
I attempted to install windows 7 to the partition where vista was installed. The install failed, think it's a dodgy burn, and obviosuly took grub with it. However it's also somehow screwed up the partitioning of an extended partition where instead of two ubuntu's, a partition for my media files and test partition for chrome all is left is a big chunk of 'unallocated' and swap. I found a recovery tutorial here but the instructions are little vague.
At the end of this week I'm going to get a new PC. It will have a 80GB SSD ( 2.5" SSD INTEL X25-M 80GB) and a 1TB HD. I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu on it.The SSD will be for fast bootup and should also contain the core OS stuff. I will partition it for both Windows 7 and Linux but I'm not certain how big I should make both partitions. I was considering going with 60GB for Windows and 20GB for Linux but is that big enough for keeping the core Ubuntu on?
trying to manually partition while installing 10.04, unfortunately from an old windows os, which came w/ the computer. i probably shouldn't bother to save it, but i wanted the practice w/ partitioning. the book i'm using is a good one, but maybe too advanced, and didn't specify. when i shrank the old win os into a smaller space on the drive, it gave me the option to check a box for format or leave it unchecked. which should i do, so as not to delete what's already on the drive? and do i mount it anywhere? in /windows, or i think the other option was msdos? what results in each case?
I hope someone can help me here. I have a Win7 laptop 64bit OS & I'm trying to dual boot it with Ubuntu 10.04.3....I've done this many times without error on Vista machines, but with Win7, there must have been something I missed. In the process of dividing the HDD & setting up 100GB to use for Ubuntu, I believe that I deleted an important part of what Windows needs to run. (There was a small section there called "Vista loader" that is no longer there due to my error).. As it sits right now, the dual boot screen is fine, Ubuntu loads fine, but Windows will not load at all. I have tried all of the repair options including using a recovery disc and all "bootrec" commands that I would know to bring this back. All files on the Windows side seem intact & unharmed.
I am trying to install Debian Lenny on my iMac. When the installer menu comes to the partitioning scheme, I have no choice other than "manual partitioning".
Based on what I have read so far, I think I need to have at least two partitions:
- a root partition (/) but for how much space I am not so sure yet
- a swap partition equal to the amount of my RAM (which in this case is 2 GB DDR3): is this correct?
I wonder if I should furthermore make a "free space" (around 1 GB) and a boot partitions as well. Should I make any further partitions?
I want to devote some 50 GB of space to Debian so how the rest of this space should be partitioned: that is, when I am done with root, swap, free space, and boot, I am still left with a considerable amount of space.
1. I have windows xp on my notebook compaq presario v2000. 2. Wanted to load linux as dual boot. 3. Tried with Suse linux, but there was some blank or black screen problem after installation. 4. Someone suggested Ubuntu linux. 5. Downloaded and burned ubuntu on a cd. 6. But this time during installation during partitioning there was a serious problem. 7. On ubuntu webpage they say for partiioning i will get 4 option, but i got only three options in my cd. 8. The missing option was the most important , which was required for dual boot. " Guided resize and use free space". 9. So i had to abort my Ubuntu installation as using any other option could have effected my current xp installation or might have formated my whole notebook. 10. So any comment why the dual boot partitioning option was absent in my ubuntu cd. 11. Or there is some thing to be activated in my notebook setting to enable dual boot.
I have a P.C. with Windows XP Pro installed and now I want to put Ubuntu on the H.D. Will the partitioning of the H.D. damage the Windows OS meaning a reinstall of Windows. If it does then I may be a bit stuck as I do not have the Windows install disc. Windows XP was put on the machine by the vendor.
i want to install ubuntu on hdd 1 - 26G partition now when i start the installer in partitions it shows me serial ata RAID pdc_cbac (stripe) ... 498G. i cant chose from dropdown any of the 2 hdd. when i enter manual partitioning it shows me the partition as i listed them, in a raid volume dev mapper pdc_cbac...
now i disabled 1 hdd in bios (2 one); i checked that is disabled trough a dos boot loader... it is... now when i enter install partition, the disabled hdd its still there and the raid volume same, unchanged.
why is this happening? why cant i see my 2 hdd in partitioner drop down menu? how can i install without physically taking out 2-nd hdd? see the picture; the freespace at the mouse pinter is in fact a ntfs partition on hdd2, hdd that is disabled in bios [URL]
I have 3 partitions, all NTFS filesystems, I want to keep them, but change the filesystems on all 3 of them to Ext4. So if i choose "Erase and use all" will I be able to partition later? I'm thinking more about doing like this, but I'm not sure : First partition as my main, system partition, is this correct?
I have a Intel DH67CL motherboard with UEFI support(and updated to latest BIOS). I have connected a 180GB Intel 330 SSD into my system so as to install Debian testing.
Presently, a 160GB sata hard drive is connected along with SSD and is used to boot default OS.
1. I am planning to do GPT partitioning. I am totally new to GPT partitioning. from what I understands, It needs some mandatory partitions like ESP. My doubt is, in a SSD solely booting Linux, will I need to create separate /(root) and /home and /data partitions? Also, I plan to use /var/log and some other frequently updated directories moved into existing harddrive.
So, what is the partitioning order - is this fine - ESP(512MB), /boot(100MB), /(30GB), /home(50GB) and /DATA(50GB) and remaining 16-17GB for over provisioning for the SSD?
2. is there a need to have 128MB MSR(microsoft reserved) in the case of Linux
3. With gdisk or parted for creating partitions? how to verify if partitions are aligned. In GPT, only primary partitions are supported?
4. Some answers in askubuntu/superuser says ext4 is not really good for SSD, instead take JFS? is this true? Is Btrfs mature enough to use with Desktop system
5. Which bootloader? gdisk creator Roderick is pushing for rEFInd or gummyboot instead of GRUB2.
6. In my PC, 4GB RAM is available with a core i3 processor. Shall I mount /tmp in RAM? Will I need to specify the size of RAM when mounting using /etc/fstab? A size of 1GB is fine?