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    Is there a Windows partition on the drive, that you want to keep?
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    Yeah, I've got one hard drive partitioned with this setup:
    sda1: boot sector
    sda2: Windows 7
    sda3: Linux

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    And the hard drive is how big? If you format the sda2 partition, you will lose windows 7. You need / partition and /swap if needed.....you don't really need a /boot partition.
    If you don't have enough free space, then you might consider removing the /boot partition and change it to /swap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darthlunchbox View Post
    Yeah, I've got one hard drive partitioned with this setup:
    sda1: boot sector
    sda2: Windows 7
    sda3: Linux
    Well, the boot sector is the very first sector on hard drive, the one with MBR on it.
    You have boot partition. Not sure what's on it. I assume you installed Windows first? Maybe Windows put some it's startup files there, there has to be a reason why it shows up NTFS.
    Having /boot partition is not essential, you can do well without it.
    With 6 GB of RAM you do not need any swap.

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    I say, it'd be useful to post the entire output of
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    I've got a terabyte HDD, so I'm not too concerned about running out of space at this point. My fdisk -l output is this:

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    /dev/sda1   *   1       13       102400      7    HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2       13      61393    493030400   7    HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3       61393   121601   483626208   83   Linux
    /sda1 and /sda2 were present before I added the third partition. I did install Windows first, because I know from my little previous experience that it goes through the boot portions of the hard drive and overwrites them.

    From what you guys are saying, I can probably just incorporate /sda1 into another partition, say /sda3, and have the computer boot from /sda3?

    And also thanks for dealing with my large amounts of n00bish-ness on this. My previous distro was Ubuntu, which glosses over a lot of the mechanics of Linux, that I'm now trying to learn.

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    I think segfault was right, sda 1 and sda2 are windows partitions. So what I would do is this, create at least one new partition and format it to ext3 or ext4 and it will be /home, you can make it whatever size you like, i'd go with about 10GB. From there, start the install and use only those two partitions.
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