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I know I know many guides on google

I followed them

I Made a new partition from my C drive using the shrinking method

But now when i try to install Ubuntu it does not recognize the drive there
I have formatted it, giving it the title Ubuntu

Please see the two images attached below

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Boot into Live mode, start GParted and post a shot of that.

Besides that; there was no need for you to assign it a drive letter, name nor format it to NTFS. Linux can view NTFS but won't install to it. It would ask you to format anyway.
    
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ok i did that

THis is what it looks like when it is unallocated
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and this is what it looks like when it is allocated without a name
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Also a Strangest thing i noticed, a 78GB partition in the home folder, so i copied and pasted the example files from the live system into the 78GB partition , i come back into windows and its in the 50/48gb partition i created.

Im totally confused eh-smiley.gif
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I'm thinking it's the location of your partition. You have it in the middle, makes things...complicated. I'd suggest moving the partition around using GParted, but that can FUBAR up your Windows Partition.
    
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This could be because this is a HP laptop and they already made partitions for the recovery and tools.

I think my only option remains to be using Wubi
Tried to install wubi with the following error
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But I hear Wubi is not the same as a full Ubuntu that you download as an iso. What do you think

Also I'm abroad for the whole of January where the internet speed is 0.20 mbps. Lol. Is there a way of feeding the iso that I already downloaded to the Wubi installer?
Having the ISO and the Wibi.exe in the same folder works

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Ah so that's what the recovery partition is...
    
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The problem from what I'm seeing is you already have 4 primary partitions which is the max (making the ubuntu the way you did made 5). You would have to delete one of them and make it an extended partition.

Delete your Ubuntu partition in windows, extend your C drive back into it, then delete the HP_TOOLS partition, and optionally the Recovery partition, and extend the C drive further.

You should then have something like mine, for the windows partitions at least. Being [ System | C:/Windows ]

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( as you can see mine is [ System | C:/Windows7 | E:/WindowsXP | Linux Boot | Linux Root | Linux Swap | Linux Home | Unallocated ] )

Now, after that's done, Shrink the C drive by how much space you want the linux partition to be, 10-20gb would be more than enough if you wish to keep windows with plenty of space. Boot into your live CD and you should see the partition now.


Just remember if you want to partition out the most you can then,

[ Primary, Primary, Primary, (Extended, Extended 1, Extended 2, Extended 3, Etc) ]
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The problem from what I'm seeing is you already have 4 primary partitions which is the max (making the ubuntu the way you did made 5). You would have to delete one of them and make it an extended partition.
Delete your Ubuntu partition in windows, extend your C drive back into it, then delete the HP_TOOLS partition, and optionally the Recovery partition, and extend the C drive further.
You should then have something like mine, for the windows partitions at least. Being [ System | C:/Windows ]
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( as you can see mine is [ System | C:/Windows7 | E:/WindowsXP | Linux Boot | Linux Root | Linux Swap | Linux Home | Unallocated ] )
Now, after that's done, Shrink the C drive by how much space you want the linux partition to be, 10-20gb would be more than enough if you wish to keep windows with plenty of space. Boot into your live CD and you should see the partition now.
Just remember if you want to partition out the most you can then,
[ Primary, Primary, Primary, (Extended, Extended 1, Extended 2, Extended 3, Etc) ]
I agree here. OP has too many partitions. What probably happened was that your NTFS partition turned into an extended partition because it is impossible to have 5 primary partitions.

In fact, my laptop (sig rig) had the same partition scheme that you did. Unfortunately you have to delete one of the partitions, because you can only have a grand total of 4 primary partitions on a disk. This is a hardware limit. For me it was a hard choice, but I deleted my Recovery partition in order to make room for me to install Arch Linux. Now it works great, but now I can never my recovery partition back. I guess you have to make sacrifices.

P.S. Ubuntu isn't that great for laptops. It will double your power usage. I ran an Ubuntu LiveCD, and I would only get 2 hours when normally I get four hours thirty minutes in Windows or Arch Linux.
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For me it was a hard choice, but I deleted my Recovery partition in order to make room for me to install Arch Linux. Now it works great, but now I can never my recovery partition back. I guess you have to make sacrifices.
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Usually with OEM computers you get a set of recovery disks which when used will wipe and remake any/all partitions that came from where you got the computer, so you can technically always get the partitions backs. But they're rarely ever usefull, and if anything you can always download a windows ISO for the edition of windows you have to use as a recovery/reinstall disk ( I do so mainly to get rid of the partitions/programs OEM's put on their installs anyways, just to keep the installs as clean as possible ). And you can technically install Win7 without it making that system reserved 100MB partition too, if you really wanted too.

But yeah, to the OP, removing those partitions won't hurt you any.
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I agree here. OP has too many partitions. What probably happened was that your NTFS partition turned into an extended partition because it is impossible to have 5 primary partitions.
In fact, my laptop (sig rig) had the same partition scheme that you did. Unfortunately you have to delete one of the partitions, because you can only have a grand total of 4 primary partitions on a disk. This is a hardware limit. For me it was a hard choice, but I deleted my Recovery partition in order to make room for me to install Arch Linux. Now it works great, but now I can never my recovery partition back. I guess you have to make sacrifices.
P.S. Ubuntu isn't that great for laptops. It will double your power usage. I ran an Ubuntu LiveCD, and I would only get 2 hours when normally I get four hours thirty minutes in Windows or Arch Linux.

Strange. I get about 3hrs on my laptop battery. Exact same that was with Windows.
    
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