Here's my problem. I'd like to reinstall Ubuntu. My laptop is an old HP Compaq nx7400. The optical drive went wrong, it can't read discs. I would use a USB port instead but the laptop won't boot from it. (It won't boot even if I set USB the first in the boot order in BIOS settings. Also on start up after pressing F9 to choose boot device USB won't appear in the list, only optical disk, netbook disk and network if I enable it.)
I wanted to resize the boot partiton to make space for the installation but I couldn't do that because it seems that the whole HDD is the boot partiton so it can't be unmounted using Gparted.
My partition system is the following:
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders, total 488397168 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000e6661 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 486318079 243158016 83 Linux /dev/sda2 486320126 488396799 1038337 5 Extended /dev/sda5 486320128 488396799 1038336 82 Linux swap / Solaris
So how can I make a new partition to be able to install a "new" Ubuntu and get rid of the old one. Or any better solution for this problem? I hope it's not a catch 22...