Dual booting Windows 7 & Ubuntu (13.10)

Decided to do this via USB drive.  Backed up my computer using the built in Windows tool, changed BIOS settings on my computer to boot from USB and then proceeded.

Seemed straightforward when looking at this page:


Install did not go smoothly, as I was only prompted with installing Ubuntu inside the other operating system, as opposed to alongside.  Long story short (primarily because I Pizza can’t remember the specifics) is that I had too many existing partitions (4 partitions) on the hard drive (HDD).

Using the Linux Live USB, I utilized gParted cheap nfl jerseys (an utility designed for hard drive partition manipulation that comes on the Linux Live USB) to delete the “Recovery” partition of my HDD.  However, this posed another issue because the “Recovery” partition was separated from my main HDD partition by another “hidden” partition (i.e. not visible in Windows) and this was preventing me from expanding my main HDD partition to take up the unallocated space (~20 GBs cheap jerseys of space; which is nearly 10% wholesale jerseys of my HDD, which is a SSD) of the deleted “Recovery” partition.  I couldn’t let all that space be wasted, so I did some Googling and discovered that this mystery partition is related to Intel’s fast boot hibernation something or other for computers with SSDs.  What did I do?

Well, I deleted that too and expanded my main independizarte HDD partition to include the unallocated “Recovery” and “fast boot” partitions.  Kinda scary, but the computer still runs fine!

The cheap nba jerseys rest ROXY of the install went smoothly and now I have a functional, dual booting computer running Windows 7 Professional and Ubuntu 13.10!  And, with an SSD, switching OSes simply by restarting the computer is really fast!

Time to actually try Linux!

The hardware:

Samsung New 9 Series
Intel® Core™ i7-3517U CPU @ 1.90GHz × 4

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