Partitioning in Ubuntu Installs

I just read a good tip about partitioning for Ubuntu.

They suggest using GParted Live to partition the hard drive first.  That sounds great!

I miss the option that Fedora has where you can delete all the Linux partitions and have it automatically create the new partitions.  I don’t remember the options for sure, but I think you can only delete all the partitions or shrink the existing partitions.  If I am reinstalling, I want it to leave my Windows partition alone and delete the Linux ones.  Another great option would be to manually pick the partitions to delete and use the freed space to automatically create the partitions.  Finally, another option that would be nice is to choose how much it shrinks the existing partitions.

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2 Responses to “Partitioning in Ubuntu Installs”

  1. A.Y. Siu Says:

    I don’t see why that’s a good tip, when the Ubuntu CD itself has GParted available and also allows you to resize partitions and create new partitions during the installation process.

    And if you’re dual-booting with Windows, why bother with partitions at all, when you can just use Wubi to set up a dual-boot?

  2. digitaleagle Says:

    A. Y. Siu,

    Thanks for the feedback.

    Maybe the better tip is to boot into Ubuntu first with the “Try Ubuntu” feature on the Live CD and do the partitioning before installing.

    I didn’t realize that Gparted came on the Ubuntu Live CD. I will have to look next time I install because that would be handy. I have used Knoppix in the past to shrink my Windows partition because it had parted already on it.

    As for Wubi, I just haven’t gotten into that. I use Linux primarily and keep the Windows for situations where I just have Windows to make a program work. One advantage to having Linux on a separate partition is that I can reinstall Linux without interfering with Windows. I typically reinstall when I upgrade to a new version of Linux rather than upgrade through the package manager.


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