Install on d: partition of single drive

Asked by rdtindsm

Days old Vista machine, 3gb mem, 320 gb hd. Created restore disks prior to attempt to install Ubunto. Image for restore was on 12 gb d: partition.

Not knowing quite what I was doing, I reduced the size of the primary c: partition and added it to the d: partition using the vista disk management tool. The intent was to install Ubuntu on the d: drive. Wound up with 180 gb - 120 gb c:/d: partitions

The only option the ubuntu installer gives me is to repartition the primary c: partition. I would prefer to install Ubuntu on the d: drive. How to do? Is my option to restore the as new system with the restore disk, and then repartition the primary vista partition, keeping the 12gb d: partition.

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rdtindsm (rdtinknx) said :

edit: I did try to reinstall system, thinking I would get a disk formatted as installed. Then I could repartition the whole 280 gb of the windows side. No such luck. The new install keeps any existing partitions. Windows help says the drive can be formatted and repartitioned during the process, but I don't believe it. I have a compaq sr5610f, just went through the reinstall process, and never saw the option to do this.

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rdtindsm (rdtinknx) said :

I finally found the pathway on the HP restore disk that would reformat the windows partition. It did in fact reformat and repartition the entire drive and left me with the original factory partitions. HP help tried, but the process of going through the install procedure with them allowed me to notice a previously ignored OPTIONS