Can I run Ubuntu without partitioning my Hard Drive?

Asked by john on 2007-11-05

Can I run Ubuntu without partitioning my hard drive? I have Windows XP Home Edition 2002 and I'm not really looking forward to partitioning my hard drive.

My goal is to run Ubuntu without partitioning my hard drive and to learn if that is possible or not.

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Best Jan-Philipp Litza (jplitza) said :
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I think it isn't possible to install Ubuntu without partitioning the drive. However, you can use the Live CD to run Ubuntu and get an impression of whether you like it or not.

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Chris Fox (robotninja) said :
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Hi,

One solution would be to run Ubuntu inside a "virtual machine" application from within Windows XP. One free software package to do this is called VMWare Server:

http://www.vmware.com/products/server/

However, as you would be running one operating system "on top" of another, there would be an impact on your computer's performance.

Another method would be to purchase a USB hard drive or flash drive, and install Ubuntu onto that:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LiveUsbPendrivePersistent

Good luck!

Chris

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john (faggotman123) said :
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Thanks Jan-Philipp Litza, that solved my question.

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Christoph Langner (chrissss) said :
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@john
Tray wubi. Wubi will install Ubuntu into a folder onto your harddrive. You don't have to repartition your harddrive, you can choose while booting which OS should be started and you will get much better performance than with VMware.

http://wubi-installer.org/index.php

CU
Christoph

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MONODA (danyhaddad43) said :
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Hi, I would just like to tell you that Wubi is BETA software! it might not run correctly on your computer and mess it up. Just a warning because I tried it on my old computer and it wont boot now...