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I'm currently attempting to install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Acer Aspire 4830T-6678 laptop.

The laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, and it contains a recovery partition that I don't want to lose. I want to keep it just in case I need to install Windows over Linux. I really don't want to have to buy a copy of Windows unless I need to. :P

So in short, I want to keep my recovery partition intact, but I also want to use the rest of the drive to install Linux on.

How should I go about doing this? When I go to install Ubuntu, I get a notification that the installer has detected mounted partition. I'm not entirely sure what this means: Will it ruin the recovery partition?

My other question: if I decide to delete the Windows 7 partition, would it disallow me from recovering? I'm not sure if the recovery partition requires the original Windows 7 partition to be intact or something along those lines.

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Please add the output of sudo fdisk -l to your question if you require step by step instructions. deleting the win 7 partition should not disallow you from using the recovery partition to restore to factory defaults. –  Elder Geek Jun 21 at 14:46

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