How to partition my HP 210 mini for ubuntu

Asked by Lily on 2010-06-20

I have used (and loved ubuntu) on all of my other PCs, but I am having a very hard time with the partitioning this time around for my netbook. I have a HP mini 210-1018CL. The problem I have discovered is it comes with four main partitions (Windows 7 boot, Windows 7 starter, recovery, and a HP "splashtop"- which i really really would like to keep if at all possible) I know you can only have four main partitions so I'm stuck for ideas of what to do. Any suggestions would be GREAT, I love unbuntu and really would like to run in on my netbook. I dont know if there is a way to backup the recovery section-delete it and then create a 4th partition for unbuntu?? I don't know, please help.

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robinot (robinot) said : #1

how many disc have you ? how many go/gb for each one ?
so it is not a question of partition because it is created when you install an o.s but a question of free-space ( p.e 40 gb/go means 2 o.s (operating system) maximum).
Maybe a confusion can exist between disk and partition (several part in one p.e), you can create a number of partitions according your free-space and that is allowed from the first o.s if you are in multiboot.
I, i know that from window7, you can add a free system whithout problem.
The best way is to install in a second disk or in an usb-key.

Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said : #2

Hi,

What you need to do is boot your netbook with a live USB/CD of the Ubuntu system you wish to install on the netbook. You may wish to create a live USB with the netbook version (Ubuntu netbook edition)

Thus you can check that all is OK with the hardware detection (graphics, wifi, network, sound, etc.)

Once booted with the live USB/CD, open a terminal and check the hard disk with

sudo fdisk -l

This will give you actual information about the partitioning (primary, logical).
Primary partitions will have numbers from 1-4 ; logical partitions start with number 5 and upper. Logical partition have to be created within an extended partition which is a primary one.

So you can paste back here the output of sudo fdisk -l so we can see what's the present partitioning status.

Lily (cl-lily-oh) said : #3

I tried to pull up that info with the terminal but when i typed it in the only response i would was ">" I tried to enter everything from numbers to other things. I dont have much experience with using the terminal. BUT in gparted i gathered the following info:

103.01 GiB unallocated
199.00 MiB ntfs (Windows boot)
34.18 GiB ntfs (Windows 7 starter)
11.57 GiB ntfs (Recovery)
102.84 GiB fat32 (HP tools)

I hope maybe that helps a little. and Thanks for all of your help!

Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said : #4

Hi,

The ">" is quite weird.

can you try again and copy+paste the following command in a terminal:

sudo fdisk -l

If it gives again nothing, You can use Gparted which should give you informations on the partitions, something like sda1, sda2, sda3 etc., their size and the amount being used. Can you read the partitions names as given by Gparted from the left to the right of the graphic bar please?

If your information above is correct, you have one 103 GB of unallocated space which is beyond enough to install Ubuntu. Normally this unallocated space should be on the rightest portion of the graph and should look greyish.

Lily (cl-lily-oh) said : #5

Here is my best attempt at using the terminal:

To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>".
See "man sudo_root" for details.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk-|
> sudo fdisk
sudo: fdisk-: command not found

Usage:
 fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
 fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
 fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

Options:
 -b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
 -c switch off DOS-compatible mode
 -h print help
 -u <size> give sizes in sectors instead of cylinders
 -v print version
 -C <number> specify the number of cylinders
 -H <number> specify the number of heads
 -S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -s

Usage:
 fdisk [options] <disk> change partition table
 fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
 fdisk -s <partition> give partition size(s) in blocks

Options:
 -b <size> sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
 -c switch off DOS-compatible mode
 -h print help
 -u <size> give sizes in sectors instead of cylinders
 -v print version
 -C <number> specify the number of cylinders
 -H <number> specify the number of heads
 -S <number> specify the number of sectors per track

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -s <5>
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `5'
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

Here is the info from gparted:

Partition File System Label Size used unused Flags
unallocated unallocated ---- 1MiB --- ---- ----
/dev/sda1 ntfs SYSTEM 199.00MiB 66.59MiB 132.41MiB Boot
/dev/sda2 ntfs ---- 34.18 GiB 18.19GiB 15.99GiB ----
unallocated unallocated ---- 103.01GiB --- ---- ----
/dev/sda3 ntfs RECOVERY 11.57GiiB 9.63GiB 1.94GiB ----
/dev/sda4 ntfs HPTOOLS 102.84MiB 10.59MiB 92.95MiB Iba

When I try to make a new partition i get this:

"It is not possible to create more than 4 primary partitions! If you want more partitions you should first create an extended partition. Such a partition can contain other partitions. Because an extended partition is also a primary partition it might be necessary to remove a primary partition first."

I hope this helps

Vu Do Quynh (vu-do-quynh) said : #6

Hi,

The command is
sudo fdisk -l
(the command is "fdisk" and there is a blank space between "fdisk" and its argument "-l")

Try to launch the command again and paste back the output here.

The Gparted gave some info on your partitions. As it said, you already have 4 primary partitions. thus you need to delete one (sda4) and use the freed space to create an extended partition which will holds your logical partitons, like for example : sda5 for swap, sda6 for the root system / and possibly sda7 for /home .

before doing so, you need to move all data from sda4 HPTOOLS (about 10.59 MB) to e.g. sda2. You need to do this under Windows, not Linux :

What puzzles me a little bit is the 103 GB unallocated space. if it is unallocated, it should be free but its position should be at the rightiest part of the Gparted graph, not in the middle.

can you provide information of your drive sizes, used and free space as seen under Windows ? Plus the output under Linux of the command sudo fdisk -l ?

Lily (cl-lily-oh) said : #7

Thank you so much for your help/support Vu Do Quynh!!!! I got everything running- somehow. I saved the HP TOOLS under the Windows 7 partition. Then deleted that partition and created a new extended partition. downloaded ubuntu. When i went back to then try to add the HP TOOL it was already working so i figured to leave well enough alone. I did go back into the terminal and did as you said but it only came up with that > again. Thank you for your help again!