Perform a stand­alone Ubuntu in­stal­la­tion

Linux Format - - INSTALL UBUNTU -

If you’re look­ing to wipe Win­dows from the drive and in­stall Ubuntu on its own, then the process for in­stalling it is straight­for­ward. If there’s noth­ing on the disk you wish to keep then sim­ply wipe the en­tire drive dur­ing the reg­u­lar in­stal­la­tion process by se­lect­ing ‘Erase disk and in­stall Ubuntu’ at the ‘In­stal­la­tion type’ screen and click­ing Con­tinue.

You’ll then be shown a screen telling you that you’re plan­ning to in­stall Ubuntu on the se­lected disk (/ dev/sda) and that the en­tire disk will be used. If you have a sec­ond hard drive in­stalled you can in­stall Ubuntu here, too – again, that disk will be wiped and ev­ery­thing given to Ubuntu.

But what if you’ve got a multi-par­ti­tion setup with a sep­a­rate data vol­ume and you’d like to keep that in­tact while wip­ing Win­dows? Not a prob­lem: ei­ther click the ‘Ad­vanced par­ti­tion­ing tool’ short­cut on the ‘Erase disk and in­stall Ubuntu screen’ or select ‘Some­thing else’ at the pre­vi­ous screen. From here, you need to select the Win­dows par­ti­tion (you’ll need to identify it by its la­bel and size) and click ‘–’ to re­move it. While you’re here, we rec­om­mend delet­ing any small par­ti­tions at the front and end of the drive, too. One is usu­ally marked Win­dows and refers to the boot par­ti­tion.

Once done, sim­ply select the free space at the front of the drive and fol­low the pro­ce­dure in step six of the walk­through to cre­ate your Ubuntu par­ti­tion, then click In­stall Now to re­place Win­dows with Ubuntu.

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