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Ive been trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 alongside with my previous installation of Windows 8. Please note that my notebook is 4/5 years old, came with Windows 7 on it.

The thing is that in windows disk manager, I get 4 partitions: SYSTEM, C:, H: (DATA), and D: (wich is the one i intended for ubuntu).

But in Gparted, when I attempted to install Ubuntu, it says I have different partitions, and apparently the H: and D: are merged in one single partition.

Could anyone help me solve this?

Thanks in advance!

Edit: I also tried the menu install option "Install alongside Windows 8" but the installer reboots and nothing happens.

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post a screen shot of gparted – bodhi.zazen Oct 11 '13 at 3:32
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It sounds like you tried to create a partition for Ubuntu using the Windows partitioning tool. This was a mistake, since the Windows partitioning tool converts from standard disk partitions to Microsoft's proprietary LDM/"dynamic disk" whenever the number of partitions exceeds four. Without more detailed information, I can't be 100% positive that this is what happened, but my hunch is that it was. Unfortunately, Microsoft provides no easy way to undo this change. I've heard that some third-party Windows tools, such as EaseUS Partition Master, can make this change, but I've never tried such tools.

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Problem solved. The disk was dynamic and the EaseUS did the trick. Thanks very much! – Perdona Oct 11 '13 at 22:24

It would be more easy to understand if you can post a snapshot of it.

I suggest you back up the data from H & D drives & during installation split the merged drive (H & D). And install Ubuntu in one of them using GParted.

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thanks, will try that. Also will try to post some screenshots. – Perdona Oct 11 '13 at 17:02

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