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i have a 320GB hp-mini netbook, which originally had 2 partitions (C: ~300GB, and D:(recovery) ~20GB). i shrinked the C: drive, and created a 50GB unallocated partition, which i want to use for my ubuntu 12.04 installation, but onloading the ubuntu via USB, i'm stuck as to how to actualize this.

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This post is helpful… – beeju May 11 '12 at 12:07
  • Boot with live usb
  • There will be screen asking for install options like install along with windows 7,install ubuntu as only OS etc. Choose Do something else option at the end.
  • Now partition tool will open. You can see the unallocated space. Select that and then click on Add.
  • Now we will add SWAP partition. Give disk space value as 1024MB (1GB) or 2GB. If you have good amount of RAM (~2GB), 1GB swap space is enough. Select SWAP in file system dropdown.Press "OK".
  • Now again continue previous step for the rest free space. This time select filesytem as ext4 and mount point as /.
  • Check in partition tool window, grub installation location is same as your hard disk not your usb disk. (most likely bootloader location -> in sda ...)
  • Now go ahead and installation will finish in minutes.

Note: Don't enable downloading of 3rd party apps and update in previous screen. Better don't connect to internet while installing.Good luck. Let us know how it went.

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Just a little correction: The partitioning tool in Ubiquity is not gparted. – jPlatte May 11 '12 at 12:17
@jP_wanN thanks for correction! – Web-E May 11 '12 at 12:29

Possibly a duplicate of this post.You don't need to install any software but Ubuntu can do everything itself.Fully Read this post & answer and proceed.

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