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Again, and this time I've been looking around seeing it's potential . Problem is, I have a lot of things on my hard drive I want to keep and also Vista that I don't feel like reinstalling again. It's on one hard drive with only one partition, can I still install linux on that partition or would I need a new hard drive or to reformat?
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dual boot, my friend.

if your vista uses the whole HD then use partition magic.

vista partition - linux swap - linux partition

thats the minimal config
    
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Ubuntu should be able to resize your existing Windows partition without losing data. I haven't tried it myself, though.
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it will resize
but its recommended u defrag ur vista before and after linux installation
    
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dual boot, my friend.

if your vista uses the whole HD then use partition magic.

vista partition - linux swap - linux partition

thats the minimal config
Alright, I'll look into that then .
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Quickly going over partician magic, does it support Vista? Or wouldn't that really matter? Or should I go the Ubuntu route since I actually already have that burnt also ?
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I recommend Partition Magic.

Ubuntu's Disk partitioner is a good one (esp compared to certain other OS's... "partitioning" CRAP.


But.. from my memory, ....

I dont recall it seeing how much of the partition has been occupied by data - and saying, you know "OK - we'll resize according to how much free space you have, but no further" so as to protect the data.

I may be remembering incorrectly.
But.. either way, I recommend Partition Magic.
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Muhahaha, partition magic doesn't work in Vista even pops up before hand with a 'this program has known issues' but a quick google yielded some good results. Vista Ultimate and Business has their own built-in partitioning tool , my lucky day. Thanks none the less , onto Ubuntu.
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