Not enough space to install ubuntu

Asked by Luke Prosek on 2014-07-13

I just finished up fixing an old pc (the graphics card failed). While I was messing around in it I also unplugged the hardrive. Anyways, I went to start the computer with its brand new graphics card and it prompted me to boot it. I couldn't find the windows disk (I'm not sure if the pc came with one), so I decided to install linux. After using my laptop to turn a flash drive into a bootable flash drive and intalling linux on it I plugged it in and booted the computer with it. It worked and it started to walk me through the installation. When it got to the part where it says for best results please ensure that this computer: and itdoesn't have the 6.4 gb necessary to install linux. I don't know what to do. It says I don't have permission when I try to delete files with the trial version running off the flash drive. I can't figure out a way to delete the contents of the hard drive and I don't want to go out and buy a new one while I have a perfectly good one sitting inside my computer.

Any helps would be greatly appreciated, I've been trying to get this computer to work for over a month now (I'm not a tech wizz).

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2014-07-14
Miguel Guse (gusemiguel) said : #1

How big is the hard drive of the old computer?
In the trial version running on the flash drive, search for a program called gparted (click the ubuntu logo in the upper left corner and search there) and open it.
Then select the hard drive (its important that you select the correct drive!). You should see its partitions and some more information about it. Select the drive and unmount it.
Next, delete all partitions. Then create a new one, using the whole space, and select the filesystem ext3.
Last, apply the changes. After that the hard drive should be free and you can start the installation.
Important: formatting will delete all data on your drive, so if there are important data, try to back up them!
More information:
http://www.ehow.com/how_8441017_format-hard-drive-gparted.html
http://comtech247.net/2012/07/05/formatting-a-hard-drive-using-gparted/

Miguel

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