I got this new laptop with Windows 7 pre-installed and I wish to dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 with it. Here is the partition I have currently and I don't know what to make of the `SYSTEM_DRV'. Basically, it is a 256 GB SSD + 500 GB HDD system.

Current Partition

The plan is to install Ubuntu and Windows on the SSD while keeping all the HDD for storage.

How do I go about doing this (as Windows 7 currently takes the whole of the SSD and I don't know what to do with the Lenovo_recovery and system_drv)?



Leave those partitions alone. You don't need to install Ubuntu on an SSD: it's pretty fast as it is. Instead, resize the Data partition and leave some space for Ubuntu, which you can format from the setup.

If you really want Ubuntu on your SSD, resize your Windows 7 partition from 220GB to 180GB, so that there's 40GB of free space. Boot into the Ubuntu installer, and choose the "Something Else..." option when asked how you want to install Ubuntu.

From here, right click the 40GB partition on the second drive (sdb), select (I think) "Properties," format it as ext4 and mount it as /. Then, right click the partition you made on the first drive (sda), format it as ext4 and mount it as /home.

Proceed with the installation, and you should have a successful dual boot of Ubuntu and Windows, with the Ubuntu OS itself on the SSD and all your data on the HDD.

If you need any more details or help with this, by all means, comment and I'll help. Sorry for the unspecific instructions; I don't have an install screen in front of me at the moment.

  • So, shouldn't /home go in the hdd? Also, will the hdd parition be the common accessible drive or should I format any drive for it? – Aiyoyo Jan 24 '16 at 0:27
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    /home goes on the new partition you make on the HDD, yes. / goes on the new partition on the SSD. Don't format any drive. If you want to access Ubuntu data from Windows, copy the files to the Data partition or install ext2fsd on Windows. – TheWanderer Jan 24 '16 at 0:29
  • ...and I have an 8 GB ram. So, no swap? I might be using it for some extensive engineering work. – Aiyoyo Jan 24 '16 at 0:35
  • You can do swap, but you shouldn't have to. – TheWanderer Jan 24 '16 at 1:11
  • In "Device for boot loader installation", what should I choose? Which drive? – Aiyoyo Jan 24 '16 at 2:25

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