Listen guys when I try to install Ubuntu I have three things to check I have checked two except the one that says that I need 4.4 GB of disk space... Now I erased the disk on my sisters PC that has Windows XP on it and the disk is TOTALLY EMPTY! And when I look at the disk on ubuntu it says it has only 284 MB of free space ... when on Windows it sais that it has 38 GB of space... and I can't install ubuntu now!! so if anyone can help I would appreciate it!!
closed as off topic by Eliah Kagan, Eric Carvalho, byetoAU, txwikinger, mikewhatever Mar 13 '13 at 14:16
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As you have Windows XP on the disk, the disk can't be totally empty. The problem seems to be, that you have a partition with windows XP on it and 284 MB of free disk space behind this partition. However, the Ubuntu installer should have an option to reduce the size of the partition with Windows XP on it and install itself to the newly available free space.
If that doesn't work, you could start the Ubuntu install CD and start the program called GParted to reduce the size of the Windows XP partition and install Ubuntu to the newly available free space.
Be warned that doing so could lead to loss of data and or Windows XP not booting anymore, in case you don't know what you are doing.
You can find some info about partitioning your disk here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowtoPartition