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I have some unpartioned space on my usb HDD and I would like to use that space to setup a live ubuntu installation partition. I have a lot of data in other partitions that I want to keep, so I cannot just plug in the usb creator because it seems to want to format the whole thing...

What can I do?

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what utility are you using to install ubuntu live? – Rapture Nov 20 '11 at 0:53
usb-creator-gtk – levesque Nov 20 '11 at 1:22
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Try using the Disk Utility or GParted to format the unpartioned space then use unetbootin to install live ubuntu to that partition. Make sure you select the right one!

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That worked, but somehow unetbootin screwed the partition on which I was running Ubuntu. Not that much of a problem since I was trying to reinstall on that computer, but that experience didn't really make me want to use unetbootin. – levesque Nov 21 '11 at 19:28

use Gparted or the integrated utility Palimpsest which comes with the latests versions of Ubuntu

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