I want to install ubuntu on my dell notebook, currently it is running windows 7. My question is: Do I need to format windows partition (i.e. C:/) only or the whole hard disk to make an installation of ubuntu? second question is: If I need to format windows partition only, would I be able to access data in my other partitions on the same hard disk having ntfs file system?
For Ist question
No you dont need to delete ANY partition. You can make Dual Boot system along with Windows either by using wubi that comes with Ubuntu or completely independent OS. In case of WUBI it will be installed on same Partition e.g C:\ as an app but will give you option during boot to which OS you want to use and good thing about it that you can it uninstall it just like any other app from Uninstall section of Windows. OR
if you want to have a only ubuntu as the OS, then choose
Somthing else option in ubuntu installer.
Identify the c: drive.
Create a new partition using file system as
ext4 and mount point as
Then continue to installation.
For 2nd Part
Yes u can access other partitions like NTFS thats the beauty of Linux.
Hopes this answers. Enjoy
you don't need to format any of the partition, you can simply use wubi installer, it will install as easily as any software or on a specific partion for which you will need to format one partition and rest of the partitions will be accessible from both windows and ubuntu