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I currently have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on a 320GB HDD, Windows 8.1 on a 640GB HDD, and I have another 1TB HDD.

I'd like to wipe/format the 320GB HDD with Ubuntu install and install Xubuntu on the 1TB drive.

I'm extremely new to Linux but here's where I'm at.
I downloaded the Xubuntu iso, created a boot disk and I'm at the installation type menu.
There is no option to do what I want in the main menu so I select Something Else.

I have a couple of questions here. Is there a way I can just format the Ubuntu 320GB HDD from this menu? There is a Format? Column with a checkbox, but I can't check it. I actually can't format any drive, even the 1TB which is empty.

Also, could I just select the 1TB drive, and would it create all the necessary partitions, for example a separate swap and boot partition?

I've been reading this DiskSpace guide but I don't really understand the GPT disk type.
How would I check this from the Xubuntu install?

If I have to create all the partitions manually, I'm not sure when to use primary vs logical, and what the mount point is for?

update: selected swap and it looks like I don't have to choose primary or logical. Still curious what the difference is in layman's terms.

Any help would be appreciated. I have googled quite a bit but most guides I've seen are for dual booting from same HDD and don't talk about the partition types etc...

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First of all we need to identify your partitions hds. Open a terminal. Running on it. sudo su fdisk -l Copy and paste the output. –  kyodake Jun 29 '14 at 1:30
Hmmm, when I try to paste the results in a comment it says it's too long. Is there another way I'm supposed to post the information? –  ripper2020 Jun 29 '14 at 16:03
I actually managed to get it installed. I created 2 partitions in the 1TB drive, a swap partition that is 16GB, and the rest of the drive I used as a primary partition. I installed the boot loader to it and set the mount point as /, basically just following the diskspace guide. I'm still like to know when I'd used a primary vs logical partition and I have a few new questions related to my wifi adapter not working and my graphics drivers. Should I post those in a new thread? –  ripper2020 Jun 29 '14 at 16:17

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