i have seen this problem thousands of places but can't really figure out what is wrong.
i have a 2 year old Asus g74sx laptop which came with windows 7 preinstalled, now i have installed windows 8 instead and have changed a harddrive.
i now want to install Ubuntu alongside windows 8 to learn more about using linux and Ubuntu for my work. (note that i am very inexperienced when it comes to new OS's and especially Linux.)
so far i have made a bootable USB drive with Ubuntu 13.10 and when i boot Ubuntu and try to install it, it doesn't recognize my windows 8.
i have tried reading a lot on the internet to find a solution and first thing was i should just use the "something else" in the installer and choose a partition i could install it on. so i made 2 new NTFS partions one with 5 GB to install Ubuntu on and one with 110 GB to use for Ubuntu. now when i try and choose "something else" it just shows my 500 GB harddrive as free space??
i have also found something called gparted and some other stuff that may be the cause of the problem but i am in no way experienced enough to know how i figure that out.
i hope someone can help me! and many thanks in advance to everyone who takes their time to help!