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Hi I'd like to know how to install ubuntu along side windows, my hard drive has 3TB size, but when i installed windows 7 it only allowed me to use 2.2TB, now i want to install ubuntu in my free hard drive space (doesn't even have format), i supposed i should use the "something else" option but i really don't know what to do, and i tried " along side windows" option and it gave me a message error ( starting sector number, 4294967296 exceeds the msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum of 4294967295)

motherboard : Asus Maximus IV // Hardrive : Western Digital Caviar Green 3TB

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You've hit the maximum size for a msdos partition table. See trouble creating 3TB partition –  chaskes Jun 25 '13 at 1:32

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Select "something else" and it will take you to a partition manager screen on the installation, from there you can select where to go with your partitions. Select the hard drive space with the "free space" label and select the "add" button under the chart. Select the radio button "primary" as the type and then type in the size you want Ubuntu to be in the "new partition size" text field, make sure "beginning" is checked underneath this. You will see options like "mount point", you'll want to select that drop down tab and choose "/". You'll also see filesystem types such as EXT3 and EXT4. Select ext3 or ext4, as I've never really noticed a performance drop and select how much space you wish to take up.

It's best to leave some space spare, I use 2gb, to create ANOTHER partition next to the same drive and go through the same procedure only instead of selected filesystem type as something like ext4, select it as "swap space".

If all the settings are entered follow through to the next screen and resume the setup as usual.

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thanks for you answer cossacksman, but i keep getting this error message (starting sector number, 4294967296 exceeds the msdos-partition-table-imposed maximum of 4294967295) –  Greepear Jun 25 '13 at 1:09
    
How much spare space are we looking at here? Have you tried installing Ubuntu using a space of less than 2TB? partition tables sometimes have trouble with this, try reducing your partition dramatically in a few chunks (say, 200-500GB/time) and see if it works out for you. –  cossacksman Jun 25 '13 at 3:59
    
What i was trying was a 750GB partition, but i also tried to partition 2gb and didnt work either –  Greepear Jul 9 '13 at 21:54

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