I installed Ubuntu 12.04 installed in my HP laptop with pre-installed Windows 8. I created partition with three drive, c, E and F. I started and entered boot setup and selected from Flash drive Ubuntu. Select the third option, "Something Else". I selected the third dive (F). I freed up space from this disk. Then created three partition for ROOT, SWAP AREA and HOME. I also created a partition from the again freed up space of 700 MB and gave it for "Device for boot loader installation". Then clicked "Install Now".
After everything is about to be finished, got a fatal error saying "Device for Boot loader cannot be used". So, I gave another drive namely, /dev/sda/ATA.... Then Got a message saying installation is completed and asked me to restart the computer. When I restarted it, did not see any options given for starting Ubuntu at the start up. But, when I log in to Windows I can able to see two partitions created namely, G and H with the same size as of ROOT and HOME. If I click on that partition , Windows ask me "Whether I want to format the disk"?
I want to know whether Ubuntu is installed or Not? I am 80% sure it is not? If it is not installed can I run the installer again. Will the previous formatted disk can be used up. Or will it be possible for me to merge partitions (G and H) back to F before running the installation again? I am trying with 12.04, should I need to try with higher versions? Will these partition and merging within a drive (F) which is 99% empty, will create any problems? Will that part of memory will become unusable? or Shall I use First option while "Installing Ubuntu"?
Sorry for the rumblings, really I don't have clue how to deal with this?