Quote: Originally Posted by quuxbazer
I want to extend my C:\ drive and make another primary partition to install Ubuntu on. But when I open up the diskpart manager, I see that I already have 4 primary partitions (max)..., can anyone tell me what the purpose of the last 2 partitions is, and if I can delete them?: http://i946.photobucket.com/albums/a...r/Diskpart.jpg
So this is your disk management snipshot
I will suggest you two alternatives so that you can get ubuntu installed.
1. Use Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows
. This is the easiest and the best way to unstall ubuntu in a windows machine . Most easy to install and uninstall. Sets up dual boot menu automatically . I strongly recommend you to use this option, if you dont have an ample experience with ubuntu installation and GRUB. Here you dont need any other partition, too. It installs ok in windows partition ( more info in the link )
2. Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.
. Download and burn it in a cd (use imgburn ,recommended). Boot up from it, and delete the last two partitions using it, create a new one there, set it primary. It is enough space for ubuntu. But if you want to proceed in this way at first get a Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
, and still there may be a chance to mess up with MBR . So keep it in hand Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files
I hope you are not confused
But if I had been in place of you, I'd go with the first option