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My disk partitions are like this : on /dev/sda

/dev/sda1 ntfs RECOVERY 13.1 GiB /dev/sda2 ntfs WIN8 142 GiB /dev/sda3 ntfs data 143 Gib

The recovery partition is for Vista so I'd like to install ubuntu on that. In simple mode, the installer only offer to use /dev/sda2. In advanced mode, it shows the 3 partitions, is it enough to select sda1 and click 'Install Now' ?

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Yes. In advanced mode, if you choose /dev/sda1/, it should format /dev/sda1 and install Ubuntu where the recovery used to be.

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Should work just fine, you may want to "format" it ext4 though. (The installer will almost certainly do this for you) – coteyr Nov 16 '12 at 0:08

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