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I want to switch to Ubuntu from Windows 8.1. I do not want to dual boot, just Ubuntu!

I have two disks C - system and D- which has my files and pictures.

I wonder if I can keep my D Disc while installing Ubuntu. If I can, how?

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I wonder why is this is Hot Network Questions list?? – Awal Garg May 4 '14 at 14:21
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You can do keep the D: partition. Here's how it works:

  • Select "Something Else" when being prompted to choose whether to remove Windows, to set up a dual boot or - something else
  • Remove your Windows partition (it's probably /dev/sda1, but check first)
  • Create a new partition (preferrable EXT4)on the new empty space. Leave a empty area which as much space as you have RAM. (If you want SWAP)
  • Set the mount point of the created partition to /. This will be the partition where Ubuntu will get installed.
  • Create a new SWAP partition in the empty space as big as your RAM. (optional, but recommended)
  • Make sure the device for bootloader installation (bottom) is the same as you where you created the partitions (should be /dev/sda)
  • Click Install now

However, you should always make a backup of your files before installing new systems or formatting/partitioning a harddisk. Things can always go wrong.

And please notice that you won't be able to execute any scripts or programs from a NTFS partition, for it doesn't support Linux' file permissions.

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Is "Replace Windows 8 with Ubuntu" not the same (in this case)? – TuKsn May 4 '14 at 10:51
No. This would format your WHOLE harddisk. There's already a bug report for this, but with no effect yet. – the_Seppi May 4 '14 at 11:04

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