Apologies in advance if this question is extremely common, but I haven't seen a solution that works for me. I currently have a windows 10 machine with an SSD (C:;sdb) and a HDD (E:;sda). Windows is installed on the C drive, and I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS on the E drive. I have created a partition of E so that around 900 GB is Windows data and 100 GB is free space for Ubuntu.

I have created a bootable USB with Rufus, as per the instructions here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows

This seems to work as I can successfully use Ubuntu and begin the installation process. Now when trying different kinds of installs I have managed to get a number of errors which I'll show here:

1) Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10:

  • When entering my location an error message popped up: "The creation of swap space in partition #3 of SCSI1 (0, 0, 0) (sda) failed"

2) Something else:

  • Using all of the free space as ext4 with mount point '/': This resulted in an error saying "the attempt to mount a file system with type ext4 failed"
  • Using all of the free space as ext4 with mount point '/' and the remainder as swap space: This resulted in an error "The creation of swap space in partition # ... failed"

After each of these attempts the partition table on my HDD is lost and I have restored it with TestDisk in my Windows installation. I really have no idea where to go from here and any help would be much appreciated. If you need any data from the terminal please let me know.

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[UPDATE] I've managed to install Ubuntu now but it ended up on my C drive. I was under the impression that I should partition in Windows, and had been doing that exclusively. In addition Windows kept telling me that it couldn't shrink the C drive as much as I needed, even though it had lots of free space. Eventually I ran it without partitioning in Windows and used the Install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 option. I should note that before this stage I had not seen the allocate disk space screen in the Ubuntu installer.

The first time it tried to install on my E drive (this was the only option available to me) and failed. The second time it gave me the C drive as the only option, and allowed me to allocate a suitable amount of disk space. I've restored the E drive and everything seems to be good for now.

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