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  1. For dual-boot installation of Ubuntu after Windows. Quoted from ubuntuguide

    If a Windows boot partition exists as a second NTFS partition, it should be left alone. If there is a Windows recovery partition also installed, it can also be left alone as long as there are only two NTFS partitions total on the hard drive (i.e. there is no NTFS boot partition as well). If there are a total of 3 NTFS partitions on the hard drive, then the third Windows NTFS partition (the recovery partition) should be removed after creating Recovery CDs from it (see here).

    In the last case where Windows has three partitions, I was wondering why it says the recovery partition shall be removed? Is it possible to keep the three and create another extended partition with several logical partitions for installing Ubuntu and dual-booting the two OSes?

  2. I plan to dual-boot install Ubuntu 10.04 with existing Windows 7. Following is the layout of the current partitions of my hard drive viewed from Windows 7:

    So must I remove the Lenovo_Recovery (Q:) partition for the same reason you give for the first question?

Thanks and regards!

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I'd personally just resize Windows7_OS, leaving a gap between it and Lenovo_Recovery. Then just install Ubuntu in the space using the "alongside existing operating systems" option in the graphical installer.

I can't see any reason to run around deleting the recovery partition.

But remember: Back-up anything you can't reinstall.

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