I am planning to install Ubuntu Linux Ver 7.04 from a purchased CD. I have Partition Magic 8 plus Boot Magic. I am planning to keep my Windows partition and use Boot Magic to select operating the system at startup. Partition Magic provides a feature to set up the Linux partitions in advance of the installation of Linux; it then recommends inserting the Linux CD and booting with it afterward to start the linux install.If I create the linux partitions in this way, how to I handle the partitioning step included in the Linux 7.04 installation? Is there a provision in the linux software that would recognize the partitions already set up for the Installation? Would I just skip the partioning and proceed to the next step in the install? Would the install software permit that and still install the linux program in the correct partitions?I just wanted to mention that I have used various versions of Partition Magic over the years and always had a successful result. Creating linux partions would be a new use of PM but I expect it to function in the same way as before.Any anwers will greatly appreciated.DonE
The ubuntu installer has a partitioner. It also will detect and install a bootloader that lets you choose between Ubuntu and Windows automatically.If you have premade partitions, you will choose "custom partition setup" during the install process and select your premade partitions as appropriate. In any case, I'd defrag windows before messing with its partitions.You should also take a look at the gparted live CD if you really want to have some fun with partitioning schemes.... (I've had bad luck with partition magic so that's what I use.)
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