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I am not a technical user and am not familiar with any of these linux/unix/ubuntu terms - I'm looking for an easy to follow, non-technical guide for setting up my system - please tell it to me like I'm a fifth grader.

I currently have an Asus G75VX equipped with a 250gb SSD and a 1TB HDD.

My OS right now is Windows 7, and I'm looking to dual boot with Ubuntu so that all of my important applications/files are located on the SSD and the more long-term storage files are located on the HDD.

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Post this to see used partitions. Many Windows 7 systems use all 4 primary or a few newer Windows 7 used UEFI. sudo parted -l from a terminal in the live installer. –  oldfred Jun 2 at 23:58

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Ubuntu Installer can handle this situation pretty easily. When installing select Install along Windows 7 and set the partition of Ubuntu to (ideally) 40GB. Make sure you select the SSD HDD disk as the installation disk (usually sda, but it may vary across machines).

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When I try to install Ubuntu 14.04 I can't use the Install along Windows 7 option, it just says "This computer currently has no detected operating systems." I think this might have to do with the fact that my Windows 7 installation is located on my SSD. –  user287820 Jun 3 at 1:02
    
Try booting Ubuntu in "Live Mode" and open a Terminal prompt. Then type fdisk -l to see if the drive is detected by Linux. Finally edit your original post and append that info. Thanks! –  SonicARG Jun 3 at 20:31

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