Ubuntu: How do I install ubuntu without losing data?



Question:

I have windows 7 currently installed on my C: drive , which is the only available drive. I want to insall ubuntu 12.10 withour deleting Windows 7 or ANY OF MY DATA. Do I need to partition my drive? Out of 320GB space I have only 48 GB free space on C: drive, and I don't want to lose any data. Also, will there be issues with drivers if have both Windows and Ubuntu?


Solution:1

Welcome to askubuntu.You can use gparted which is included in Ubuntu Live CD to resize C Drive and make free space. Create Drive from that and have Ubuntu.


Solution:2

You could either create a separate partition to put Ubuntu in, or install via wubi.

wubi is easier, as it installs it as if it where a Windows program, it also means you can easily keep all your data.

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/windows-installer


Solution:3

You can use a part of the 48gb to make partitions for ubuntu without losing data. There is an partition option while installing. And Drivers for windows are only for windows, there is a seperation between them. So you can install ubuntu without losing any data.

The easiest way to partition, is to shrink a part of the main partition(remove free area). One you format as ext4, select as / mountpoint, and you make a second partition with the size of 1,5 times your ram, this will be your swap partition.

And you should now have 1 windows partition, 1 ext4 partition, and 1 swap partition. Check whatever everything is like how you want it


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