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Install linux without deleting current partition?

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Is it possible to install linux on a hard drive without overwriting/formating any of the information on the drive? I would like to add a distro (most likely ubuntu or fedora) so I can dual boot with XP.
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GParted live cd. Resize your XP partition, give about 15GB+ for ubuntu. Install. Voila!
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Thanks! About to give it a shot, I'll be back once I get confused.
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http://wubi-installer.org/

Install from within Windows!
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http://wubi-installer.org/

Install from within Windows!
http://lubi.sourceforge.net/unetbootin.html

Or install from within Windows with this one!
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Well....I really wish I checked back here before I tried to install it haha. I'm on the livecd now, went to go install it, filled in my info on the "Who Are You?" [now I feel like listening to the who...] and when I hit forward I got a message about a program crashing, and that was the only thing open at the time plus it froze so now I'm just gonna try it all over. Fun fun fun.
post #7 of 10
The best thing to do, is defrag your hard drive, so that there is empty space at the end of your windows partition or whatever partition you want to resize to make space for Linux.

You can resize a partition without scratch installing anything, provided that you have tons of defragmented space at the end... GParted will work, but, you need to meet the requirements I mentioned previously.
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Thanks for the info, although I already have a 30 gig partition set up now. Good to know for the future though because I'm going to be messing with a desktop I'm turning into a server and my laptop later on this week.

Okay, just tried to install again, and I crashed in the same exact spot. It says the programs name was "ubiquity" and I'm trying to install Ubuntu 7.10. Could a reboot possibly fix this? Or maybe I should just burn another cd, or just change things up completely and install through windows like you guys suggested? Any help is appreciated.
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Reboot and try again... I've had the Ubuntu install crash, and then carry on after a reboot.
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Okay, will give it a shot now. Thanks again.

Edit: Okay, it crashed again. Maybe I'm not configuring the hard drives correctly? I went to use the manual set up and on a free space partition I edited it to be logical, start from beginning, use as ext3, and for mount point i put "/". Then I used about a 500 mb partition as a swap space. I think I'm going to try to use the "guided" installation.
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