Originally Posted by Metalica732
hobo what's a swap partition and what is the ext3 format one? If i want the 80gb part to be master what should it be"root, swap, ext3, or w/e? If i want the 30gb one to be the secondary what should it be "root, swap,ext3, or w/e
Both partitions on my HD are formated NTFS. When i instal ubuntu will it change it to w/e file system needed?
Hey, sorry to take so long to respond, been driving home from college, yea for thanksgiving break.
Anyway, a swap partition is uses after the system RAM is used up basically, like extra memory. If the RAM is full it'll write the pages to swap in order to free up some RAM.
ext3 is a filesystem format like NTFS. Leave the windows partition as is and in windows get rid of the NTFS format on the other partition, just to make sure its go smoothly. the slash mark "/" means root. In *nix you have to label the partitions that the system uses. (/, /boot, /usr, /home, /var, /tmp, /opt) are a few but to make things easy for you, you can just make the swap partition which is given no label (like / or /boot, etc) and then the root partition (the rest of the 30gb) and give it the label /
You don't need to mess with master or secondary, Linux will see the NTFS partition in the partition editor.
just make 100% sure that it doesn't use the whole drive. I installed Ubuntu 6.10 last night on my second rig and during the install when it got to the partition part it only had two options for my (use whole drive or partition drive yourself). It might have one that says use remaining free space if the 30gb is not formated. If it is then you'll probably need to choose the option to do it yourself and then do like I said above. Make a swap and root partition. Swap is given no format and for the root partition choose ext3.