My laptop has 500gb hard disk in which for 250gb I installed Windows xp on C drive(primary partition). I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 in the remaing hard drive with dual boot option. When I am going to install Ubuntu it is showing something like


Can anybody help me in this regard that where and how to install Ubuntu?



here's how to do it-

When you boot the LIVE CD/USB for installation, you will get 3 options like the picture below- (windows 7 will be not be in your case, it will be xp)

ubuntu along side windows 7

for your Requirement,you should click on the 3rd option - Do something else.

That will take you to a partition table.

In the partition table you will see 2 partitions. - The 1st one will be c drive which has windows.You will be able to see it as NTFS file system.

  • If both are NTFS,mostly the 1st partition will be C drive.

keeping the size of the 2 partitions different e.g 230 and 270 will help you easily recognize your c drive because there are no labels like c or d there)

Then select that other drive.

Get some free space to install :

Caution : Below steps is for deleting . Deleting a hard disk partition will make all files inaccessible everything in that partition, be sure to take back up if any.

  • Select that drive(other than the WINDOWS c DRIVE) from the partition table and click on DELETE. That partition will be deleted and you will see unallocated space.

Caution : Below steps is for formatting. Formating a hard disk partition will permanently erase everything in that partition.

Now,you can either directly make the complete partition as EXT4 for installing Linux or you can also add a SWAP partition.

It is always recommended to add a SWAP area for better performance but only if your ram is below 8gb

Step 1 : Create a SWAP partition

  1. Select the new unallocated space or free space, click on add.

  2. Assign the space from that partition to SWAP AREA equal to double your ram.(e.g-for 1gb,swap area-2gb)

  3. Select SWAP AREA from the file system drop down menu.

  4. Make sure Beginning is selected in the partition position drop down menu.

  5. Click on add.

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Adding root file system

Now, after you have added the SWAP AREA,do this-

  1. Select the remaining "Unallocated space" and click on ADD.

  2. Select Ext4 Journaling file system from the file-system dropdown menu.

  3. Select Primary from the partition type drop-down menu.

  4. Select the mount point as / from the mount-point drop-down menu.

  5. Select beginning from the Position drop-down menu.

  6. Click on add.

crate root file system

After adding the partitions,from the table select the ext4 partition you see and tick in the corresponding check-box(if not already ticked) enter image description here

then Select INSTALL...

  • I updated your answer with pictures. If unhappy feel free to roll back. :) – Web-E May 19 '12 at 9:19
  • thanx for the edit!! Gr8 wrk! – Nirmik May 19 '12 at 9:34

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