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Been figuring out how to replace my windows 8 with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS for three hours now, and I need help.

I have reached the point where I need to select a partition where to install ubuntu.

I have 4 partitions in my pc:

sda1 100mb. Allocated for the system. Prev made by Windows

sda2 20000mb

sda3 52000mb

sda4 40000mb

I want to install ubuntu in sda3 partition to replace windows 8.

I don't want sda2 and sda4 partitions to be formatted as I have important files saved on those partitions.

What I did is I edited sda3 partition to be the ext4 "/". I was planning to make 4000mb of it to be "swap area" but I can't as the remaining 4000mb is marked with 'Unusable' after editing the sda3 partition.

What's going on here and what do I need to do to preserve sda2 and sda4 paritions, and format sda3 for Ubuntu and part of it as swap area?

  • upload the gparted screenshot to imgur.com and then paste the link here. – Avinash Raj Feb 6 '14 at 4:50
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    Hi Already solved my problem. I maxed out the number of primary partitions so I can't create a new primary one for the 'swap area'. I just made two new logical partitions. Poof! Solved it. :) – sheldonblanc Feb 6 '14 at 5:06
  • if you solved it,then delete this question. – Avinash Raj Feb 6 '14 at 5:07
  • Or answer it so that others with your problem can benefit. Thank you! – Elder Geek Jun 15 '14 at 14:07
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The OP solved it and posted the solution in the comments.

I maxed out the number of primary partitions so I can't create a new primary one for the 'swap area'. I just made two new logical partitions.

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