I have Win 7 already installed and I want to install Ubuntu 13.04 alongside it.

I read over the net how to do so. Now while installing when I select something else in the install Ubuntu menu, there I should see a free space that I managed by shrinking a volume by 45 GB. But it didn't show that free space. Now my Win 7 has partitions like this

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But in Ubuntu installation it shows a partition of win loader of 1 MB, one partition of 100 MB, 1 of 50 GB and 1 of 250 GB.

Please help me out in this..


As per your partition table shows 5 partitions using windows disk management. But MBR will allow maximum 4 partitions. I think after you shrink, you formated the unallocated space as partition J in NTFS system. You must unallocate the partition again using windows disk management.

  1. Delete partition J:
  2. If possible merge partition D: and E:
  3. Now start the computer with ubuntu installer and select "Install ubuntu alongside Windows7", ubuntu will use the unallocated space of 44.33GB
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  • Why does he need to merge partitions D and E? This would require moving the partitions around, which will take a lot of time. I don't think it's even possible to move partitions in the Windows Disk Management. – Alaa Ali Jun 13 '13 at 9:23

First, take a look at gertvdijk's comment. I'm an unaware of Dynamic Disks. As evident from his links, it seems that Ubuntu cannot be dual-booted with Windows on dynamic disks. So, if you managed to convert the disk to basic and everything is intact, you can follow my answer.

"Free space" or "unallocated space" means a space that is unpartitioned. In your case, you shrunk the D: drive by 45 GB and then you created an NTFS partition from that space (partition J).

At this point, you have two options to install Ubuntu: either manually install Ubuntu on that partition, or delete the partition to make an "unallocated space". Here are their explanations:

Delete the partition to leave an unallocated space

Go to the Windows Disk Management, right click on the New Volume (J:) partition and choose to delete it. That way, you deleted the partition, but the space is still there as "unallocated". Now, when you start the Ubuntu installation, you'll get an Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 option. This option will tell Ubuntu to use up all that unallocated space we created. So choose that option. I think this option was the one you were going for, but you made the mistake of created a partition from that free space, therefore that option was not available to you.

Install Ubuntu on that partition:

I advice against using this method. I'll mention why in the end. Now, since you've already created a partition from that space you shrunk, you can manually instruct Ubuntu to install itself there. To do this: choose the Something Else option while installing. You say you didn't see the partition, but you probably missed it because it should be there. It will probably be marked as /dev/sda5, logical partition, with an ntfs type. Once you identify that 45 GB partition, double click it, choose the file system to be ext, choose the mount point as /, choose to "format it" if you get the option, hit OK, and then click Next (or Install) to begin installation. Make sure you chose the correct partition! Now, when you begin the installation, Ubuntu will install on that partition. The reason why I advice against this method is that there's actually an extra step that should be taken. You'll have to shrink that 45 GB space a bit (let's say to 40 GB) and use that remaining 5 GB space for a swap partition. This is an extra partition that is optional, but is essential for Ubuntu to work fast, and is almost always created. This step will be already taken care of if you go with the first method I explained and chose "Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7". Ubuntu, on it's own, will create one partition for itself and another partition for swap. That's why, if you with that "alongside" option, you'll actually find that the Ubuntu partition is not all of that 45 GB, but will be about 41 GB.

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When the partitions are in dynamic mode, Ubuntu 12.04 will not get installed along side Windows 7. In fact it won't show any of the partitions while installing Ubuntu. Even though if it shows the partitions, you can't select the partition for installing. I faced the same situation.

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