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If I understand correctly, it will not recognize the ntsf file system.... so should I delete that partition? then... 1. create new unformatted partition.. 2. do i wipe it completely clean, as no files on it? (the windows installer that I downloaded is a tar file so how can i run it with no OS on that partition?) 3.when i finally get it install, it will make the needed partition, right?

Or...do i run the .tar from my current windows desktop..then install it to the freshly "un-partitioned" drive....

I am using Windows Home Premium7 sp1 AMD E-300 APU with Radeon (tm) HD Graphics 1.30 4GB RAM 64gb OS

I am not really a n00b, just walking in a new area... and I want to get it right the first time if possible... so I ask for a 1,2,3 direct step info if possible. I appreciate the time you take out of your day to append this issue... If you are able to, email me with a reply since I am not sure if there is an alert mail sent when a reply is posted in this forum. matthew3041230@gmail.com

Much Obliged--- Matthew *. C. Lcpl U.S.M.C.

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See askubuntu.com/questions/204653/… –  user68186 Jan 16 '13 at 17:36
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All Linuxes recognise practically all file systems however you will need to delete the 30GB partition in Win7. Otherwise there may be a problem within Win7.

Download whichever Linux you want to install Ubuntu 12.10 is good, once you have made a few minor changes to it. Look at the instructions on the website; once downloaded you can load from inside running Win7, or boot it from a USB or CD. For the latter you may have to go into boot device selection at boot up time [F8 for my mobo].

The loading is absolutely straight forward for Ubuntu, with a few things to select but not much. The most important thing is get the right area on the disc, the blank bit, not your Win7! This is a specification right at the beginning of the process.

It may suggest that you load Ubuntu into the Win7 partition but you don't actually want that. You want to specifiy the 30GB area, also specify a separate SWAP partition, equal in size to your RAM, or 2Gb, whichever is the smaller. You do not format the swap partition but you do format the Ubuntu partition into EXT4.

Once you have the swap and the Ubuntu partition, it will load itself into what remains of your 30GB. The new bootloader will recognise Win7 and Ubuntu [and anything else] and needs to be installed into the Disk MBR (master boot record).

From now on the boot menu will have Ubuntu as default, plus an optional Win7. You can change this arrangement at will, in Ubuntu if you load up Grub Customiser from the web.

The MBR is now controlled from the Ubuntu partition. If you load Win7 again, it will over-write the MBR and you will have lost your way into Ubuntu. Don't panic you can go through the motions of re-loading Ubuntu and the MBR will reset itself.

Windows recognises no other OS and must be installed on first partition. You pays your money and gets no choice. Linux is perfectly flexible.

In the unlikely event of you running out of primary partitions (4 maximum), you will have to extend the partitions using primary partition 4. Win7 only recognises primary partitions - up to a certain point; it will not be able to read the Ubuntu partitions, although SWAP is not readable anyway! Ubuntu will be able to read all other partitions, once they are "mounted".

Enjoy!

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Greatly appreciated!!... Now i have the SWAP drive set @ 2gb cuz my RAM is 4gb... Now you are talking about creating a EXT4... Is that done after i run the installer in the drive that is unformatted with 30gb?? I plan to DL the Grub Customiser and edit to where Windows is Primary...is it pretty self explanitory? and also, when i run the installer, it will prompt me to format the 30gb drive then, right? is it then that I create the EXT4 or what? I just wanna get this right the first time around –  MatthewC Jan 16 '13 at 11:40
    
I should have typed ext4 really, apologies if it causes some confusion. ext4 is a type of partition format, like NTFS. Previous versions were ext3/2. –  loser114491 Jan 16 '13 at 17:10
    
I should have typed ext4 really, apologies if it causes some confusion. ext4 is a type of partition format, like NTFS. Previous versions were ext3/2. Just remember "Don't Panic" [Hitchhikers' guide to the galaxy], nothing actually happens on disk until you set it all in motion. The disk partition/set up section can be trialled and redone and exited, at any time as long as you have not pressed the install button. Even then you can always redo it, straight over the installed partition(s). As long as you don't overwrite your Win partition - partition 1 (or 2 if you use a boot partition). –  loser114491 Jan 16 '13 at 17:17
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