Partitioning – How to Install Ubuntu Without Formatting Any Partitions


Can I install Ubuntu without formatting any partitions on my hard drive?

I am already running Windows 7 and I want to install Ubuntu as well without formatting any of the partitions I have already created.

Best Answer

Of course you can. You just have to select the manual partitioning method and tell the installer not to format any partition you want to use.

However you'll have to create at least an empty ext3/ext4 partition where to install Ubuntu (you can choose also to create another empty partition of about 2Gb to be used as swapspace). You can repartition your hard drive, for example, using GParted livecd.

Ubuntu will also install grub2 for you, detecting your other Windows installation.

Good luck!