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Shintsu

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#1 10 years ago

Ok, my laptop has Vista Home Premium on it. It came from the factory with an HP recovery partition and the rest of the hard drive which I've not messed with. I'd like to put the latest version of Ubuntu on it, but how would I go about doing so without formatting the hard drive?




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#2 10 years ago
Shintsu;4133874Ok, my laptop has Vista Home Premium on it. It came from the factory with an HP recovery partition and the rest of the hard drive which I've not messed with. I'd like to put the latest version of Ubuntu on it, but how would I go about doing so without formatting the hard drive?

Run a defrag under windows and Put the Ubuntu DVD in the drive and follow the installation script. Pretty much all linux installers since the year dot have been written with the assumption someone is going to be using them to run alongside windows so you shouldn't have any problems.

Your going to have to repartition your hard drive, but you should't lose any data. If you have important data stored it would be advisable to backup to a USB stick or similar.




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#3 10 years ago

Freyr;4133896Run a defrag under windows and Put the Ubuntu DVD in the drive and follow the installation script. Pretty much all linux installers since the year dot have been written with the assumption someone is going to be using them to run alongside windows so you shouldn't have any problems.

Your going to have to repartition your hard drive, but you should't lose any data. If you have important data stored it would be advisable to backup to a USB stick or similar.

Wait, you don't lose any data when you repartition? I thought it got rid of everything. It's that easy?




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#4 10 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh;4134285Wait, you don't lose any data when you repartition? I thought it got rid of everything. It's that easy?

Well, I have never lost any data doing it. So, yeah. Its about as easy as following the instructions in the install script.




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#5 10 years ago

Every repartition I've ever done makes you lose everything unless the partition you already have is smaller than the total drive size. If you had a 50 GB partition on a 100 GB hard drive you could make another one that's 50 GB but the way my laptop is (120 GB) it has about 100 GB for the main usage and 10-15 GB for the backup. I'm pretty sure I'd lose all my info if I did that and since I have no software discs that came with it that means I'd lose my Vista OS all together.




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#6 10 years ago
The-Bleh-Bleh;4134285Wait, you don't lose any data when you repartition? I thought it got rid of everything. It's that easy?

Some software (namely the disk manager that comes with Windows) isn't capable of resizing partitions, meaning to change the size of the partitions you have to delete them and create new ones.

However, most software (free or commercial) can resize partitions, therefore you don't need to delete them and there's no data loss *. Almost all Linux distros - including Ubuntu - include a tool that can do it.

* Like all things that mess with hard drives, there is a tiny itty bitty chance of it occuring, but it shouldn't.