I want to install ubuntu on my dell notebook, currently it is running windows 7. My question is: Do I need to format windows partition (i.e. C:/) only or the whole hard disk to make an installation of ubuntu? second question is: If I need to format windows partition only, would I be able to access data in my other partitions on the same hard disk having ntfs file system?
For Ist question
No you dont need to delete ANY partition. You can make Dual Boot system along with Windows either by using wubi that comes with Ubuntu or completely independent OS. In case of WUBI it will be installed on same Partition e.g C:\ as an app but will give you option during boot to which OS you want to use and good thing about it that you can it uninstall it just like any other app from Uninstall section of Windows. OR
if you want to have a only ubuntu as the OS, then choose
Identify the c: drive.
Create a new partition using file system as
Then continue to installation.
For 2nd Part
Yes u can access other partitions like NTFS thats the beauty of Linux.
Hopes this answers. Enjoy
you don't need to format any of the partition, you can simply use wubi installer, it will install as easily as any software or on a specific partion for which you will need to format one partition and rest of the partitions will be accessible from both windows and ubuntu
You do NOT have to format the partition on which you installed windows, that's completely unnecessary. Just add another Partition, by removing space from different partitions. When you have a live-CD or DVD of Ubuntu you can change your partitions while installing ubuntu with gparted.