I've recently aqcuired a new laptop, a HP EliteBook 8570w. It has Windows 7 Home Premium x64 installed on it. I want to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu.
I had an old 10.04 installation CD from a friend, but that installer couldn't find my current OS, which I thought weird. I googled this and found many with similar problems, but no answer which seemed to work for me. Thinking it just might be out dated I downloaded 12.04 and 13.10, and now both installers gave back an entirely different message.
It now tells me I have multiple OS installed. Seems like a step forward, but it still doesn't give me the option to just install as dual-boot. So I selected 'Something else', and I got this window:
As you can see, /dev/sda2 has an 'unknown' amount of data used, and if you look in the dropdown box option, you'll notice it says '/dev/sda3 Windows Vista (loader)'.
I have however never installed Windows Vista on this machine, and if it is installed it's hidden quite well as I can't find it.
Would it be safe to install over the Vista loader partition? If not, what are my options to get this dual-boot up and running?
I'm not (yet) very used to Linux, nor am I world's most tech savvy guy, so please keep any explanation and ideas slightly in laymans terms. Thank you!