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Trying to install Ubuntu on a new Toshiba Satellite Pro C850. When trying to install 12.04.2 but it wants to over write the entire disk . . . ditching Windows 8 completely. Is the only way to dual boot is to use gparted to resize the disk? I don't feel I am experienced enough to try that. Is there an easy way to install Ubuntu on this machine without overwriting Windows 8? Oh I have had no problems installing Ubuntu on other machines.

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I think this is a duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/263186/… –  DrSAR Apr 12 '13 at 0:36
    
Probably not a duplicate as that question mentions Windows 7 –  hellocatfood Apr 12 '13 at 12:13

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When trying to install 12.04.2 but it wants to over write the entire disk . . . ditching Windows 8 completely.

The installer will only list possible methods of installing.

So ...

  • If your whole disc is 1 partition with Windows the installer can -only- erase your current installation. You can create new partitions with the installer but since any alteration is done on the Windows partition this means it will have to be deleted.
  • If you have unallocated space it will ask both if to erase Windows or if to use the unallocated space.

Is the only way to dual boot is to use gparted to resize the disk?

  • Yes, if this in your only hard disc. You will have to create a new (unallocated) partition by making the Windows partition smaller.
  • No, you could also add another hard disc to your system and use that one.
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