I am using ubuntu 19.04. I want to delete fully and install fresh Ubuntu 18.04. And also I don't want to keep any information ,data inside it. When I searched in internet for the Installation type that is partitioning part, I became fully confused. Can you kindly tell me how should I partition hard disk. Swap partition, home partition, ext4 partition in details. Remember I don't want to keep neither 19.04 version neither any data in my laptop. Thanks in advance.

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    Why don't you boot from a LiveUSB and select "Replace Ubuntu..." The installer will do everything for you. – Pilot6 Jan 18 at 17:26
  • Does this answer your question? How to use manual partitioning during installation? – Pilot6 Jan 18 at 17:27
  • what is the default partition taken by ubuntu?? – Sukumar Jana Jan 18 at 17:27
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    What do you mean? The installer will create an ext4 partition for you. Swap partition is not needed. Swap file is used nowadays. If you don't have much knowledge there is no need to tinker with manual partitioning. – Pilot6 Jan 18 at 17:28
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    The answer is easy: ext4 partition stores files as any other partition. Can you be more specific? If you want to install Ubuntu 18.04 and replace the existing system, installer does it perfectly. It wipes the whole disk and creates all that is needed. – Pilot6 Jan 18 at 17:42

Default Ubuntu installation options are pretty much all you need.

Reinstall, and on the "Installation type" step choose:

"Erase disk and install Ubuntu"

I used this default installation method on my 120GB (111.76GiB) SSD and the following partitions were created:

$ sudo parted -l

Model: ATA Samsung SSD 850 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 120GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt
Disk Flags: 

Number  Start   End    Size   File system  Name                  Flags
 1      1049kB  538MB  537MB  fat32        EFI System Partition  boot, esp
 2      538MB   112GB  111GB  ext4

1. Boot/EFI partition (fat32)
2. Root (/) partition (ext4) (for everything else)

Note: From Ubuntu 18.04 a swap file rather than a swap partition is used.

With 8GB of memory, the default installation created the following swap file:

$ cat /proc/swaps

Filename                Type        Size    Used    Priority
/swapfile               file        2097148 308     -2


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  • I know that I have to choose "Erase disk and install Ubuntu." But you all people are like "If someone is giving food then you will take it and never verify why he/she is giving food." My question is what is the default partition taken by ubuntu in details?? – Sukumar Jana Jan 20 at 11:44
  • @SukumarJana Because your question was phrased like “give me the food”. If you want to know more, please edit your question or ask a new one. – Melebius Jan 20 at 13:01
  • What is the default partition structure taken by ubuntu when selected "Erase disk and install Ubuntu". – Sukumar Jana Jan 20 at 14:16
  • I updated my answer to include specifics. Do you need more? – Broadsworde Jan 20 at 14:43

Unless you have a specific use for Ubuntu, it's pretty safe to just go and use the automatic partitioner with or without LVM (without LVM = easier to restore data).

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