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My disk partitions are as follow:





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Windows 8 is running from c:

The problem is that windows doesn't allow me to partition my disk further,stating that I have exceed the maximum number of partitions.

Could anyone tell me how to go about dual-booting?

And also my windows is 32 bit and linux is going to 64 bit.This isn't gonna pose any problems right?(my hardware is 64 bit capable)

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just divide your extended partition and install Ubuntu on that. – Avinash Raj Jun 21 '14 at 8:56
@AvinashRaj I've included a pic of the disk management,could you explain a bit more? – phpcoderx Jun 21 '14 at 9:02
please include the pic of gparted partition editor which was already preinstalled on your Ubuntu live disk. It would be more clearer. If the gparted is not preinstalled then run sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gparted command on your terminal. It willl install automatically. – Avinash Raj Jun 21 '14 at 9:04
@AvinashRaj I'll post it as soon as my ubuntu copy has finished downloading. – phpcoderx Jun 21 '14 at 9:15
@AvinashRaj included it – phpcoderx Jun 21 '14 at 9:40
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You can create an extended partition to contain all partitions (except Windows) as logical partitions. An extended partition counts as one primary partition and a logical partition can boot Linux and not Windows. So the drive should look like:

  • Primary - Windows
  • Primary - Extended
    • Logical - Ubuntu
    • Logical - Swap
    • Logical - Data 1
    • Logical - Data 2
    • Logical - Data 3
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I've included the pic of my disk management,could you explain it a bit more please? – phpcoderx Jun 21 '14 at 9:05
@phpcoderx As I can see from the screenshot, you already have an extended partition ('/dev/sda4'). All you have to do is to resize '/dev/sda5' and create two logical partitions with the unallocated space: one for Ubuntu and one for the swap. – nastys Jun 21 '14 at 9:45
Is swap necessary? how big should swap partition be? – phpcoderx Jun 21 '14 at 10:37
@phpcoderx It should be about the size of the RAM or the double, but even 128 MB is better than nothing. – nastys Jun 21 '14 at 10:43

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