I am trying to install Ubuntu 10.04 as a second OS on a laptop that has Windows 7. In Windows, I have created the below partitions:
- C: -> NTFS – 52GB (Windows installation)
- D: -> NTFS – 94GB
- E: -> NTFS – 82GB User Data
- U: -> NTFS -20GB This is where I want to install Ubuntu on.
In the Ubuntu Install/Setup process (using a 10.10 live flash memory) , the last partition (on U:) is not shown separately, but seems to be grouped together with the other NTFS partition.Therefore, I can't choose the 50GB partition as the Linux installation root.
I tried leaving the partition as unallocated space (unformatted without any file system written on it) but Ubuntu still did not recognize it during installation.
1.How can I format this 50GB partition in Windows (either using Windows Disk Manager or some other disk partitioning tool) so that Ubuntu setup can see this partition as a distinct one and allow me to install Linux on it?
2.Can I format this 50GB partition as ext2/3/4 help? If yes, what tool on Windows can allow me to do that?
3.What other solutions do I have to install Ubuntu, whilst maintaining my Windows 7 partitions?
thank u very much.