I'm using Windows 7 currently and would like to switch it just to Ubuntu 12.04 thus removing windows 7 completely. However, I'd like to keep the data stored in other partitions. I have 4 partitions on the hard drive, namely C, D, E and F at the moment with Windows 7 installed on C:. I would like to retain the data from all the other 3 partitions in Ubuntu. Can anyone please tell me what steps I need to take in order to achieve this. Thanks.
here's how to do it-
When you boot the LIVE CD/USB for installation, you will get 3 options-
for your Requirement,you shold click on the 3rd option - Do something else.
That will take you to a partition table.
In the partition table you will see 4 partitions.(mostly the 1st one will be c drive)
but do remember to see the size of your windows partition (c) from windows b4 starting installation.because the size is the only thing that can help you recognise the c-drive when installing as you wont see labels like c or d there.
after you find out the windows partition,select it from the table below and click on delete..!!
That partition(and thus your windows) will be deleted.
Then select that unallocated space(which was the c drive earlier) and click on add.
Now,you can either directly make the complete partition as EXT4 for installing Linux or you can also add a SWAP partition.(It is always recomended to add a SWAP area for better performance but only if your ram is below 8gb)
If you select to add the SWAP AREA,do the following(otherwise go to the part below this sub-explaination starting from "NOW..")-
(After clicking on add)
Now, after you have added the SWAP AREA,do this-
After adding the patitions,from the table select the ext4 partition you see and tick in the corresponding chek-box(if not already ticked)
then Select INSTALL...
Another solution which would make things a bit safer and easier but would require you to crawl under your desk (in case your computer is there):
(that is if by "four drives" you mean "four physical hard drives", not "four partitions on a single hard drive")