I am looking to install Ubuntu 14.04 on my computer and am thinking about wiping the drive but I am worried that if I wipe the drive it will also remove my recovery partition. The recovery partition came standard on my laptop so I don't want it gone (the computer didn't come with recovery disks).

Will the Ubuntu installation remove my recovery partition and is this even a real concern?


When you are installing ubuntu, you have the option to manually manage the partitions. If you don't delete the recovery partition there, then it won't be wiped out. Moreover, if you choose to 'install alongside windows', it is safe to. I do not, however, know if 'erase entire disk' deletes the recovery partitions or not

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  • what would i choose to do that – user269358 Apr 18 '14 at 4:35
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    Erase entire Disk DOES ERASE the recovery partition – eyoung100 Apr 18 '14 at 4:39
  • Hit the install button. You will be presented with buttons representing 'alongside windows','entire disk' e.t.c. Go for alongside windows. Just keep in mind that if you're using windows 8, only the 64 bit version of ubuntu will workl – Kevin Martin Jose Apr 18 '14 at 5:35
  • it says erase entire disk and install ubuntu – user269358 Apr 18 '14 at 5:39
  • That's all? Using windows 7 or 8? Some people have had this problem when they use ubuntu 64bit. Windows is detected again when you use the 32 bit version of ubuntu. Can you try it? – Kevin Martin Jose Apr 18 '14 at 5:42

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