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I am trying to install Ubuntu 12 on a first generation eee PC that has two itty bitty solid state drives. (One drive is 8GB and one is 4.5GB. And that's ALL I have to work with, too!)

I already successfully installed on the 4.5GB drive, but after one use, there wasn't even enough disk space to save a file. Also, the 8GB drive doesn't seem to be able to hold files at all, and isn't visible from the main Ubuntu interface, anyways.

What I need to do is simply blank out the installation on the 4.5GB drive, and put a new installation on the 8GB drive. I don't honestly care about having a whole lot of extra disk space on this computer, since it's a netbook and a work computer. If I can get the installation to go, and the 4GB drive emptied out, I'll be happy to use that 4GB drive for the files that come from a days' work, to be emptied out each night.

I can follow instructions, but I am sadly lacking on the understanding on how I would go about partitioning my drives, or telling Ubuntu to install on the 8GB drive, or even the terminology I would need to search online for instructions on how to do this. Apparently, my problem has something to do with partitioning the drives?

Help! All I get is errors when I try to use the tool provided in setup, and I know it's likely my fault for not understanding something essential.

What I need are detailed, step-by-step instructions to get the OS on the drive I want it on, not on the smaller drive that is apparently automatically selected when I go to install Ubuntu...

What do I do?

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You want to use LVM to join the two drives. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jul 1 '13 at 5:54
    
How do I use it? Where do I find LVM? What is it? –  Pearl Jul 1 '13 at 6:12
    
If you choose "something else" when you get the installation choices screen you will be able to choose which drive to install on. you can also choose which drive to mount on /home which is where your documents will be saved. –  Elder Geek Jun 19 at 16:17

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