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Windows 7: Set up a partition to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

08 Dec 2009   #1
McGuffin

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Set up a partition to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

Hi

I have a small query about this whole partitioning business. I'm trying to set up a partition so I can dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

My computer came with a Dell Recovery partition and an OEM partition as well as the main C: drive, which are all primaries. I've created a new logical drive, which I've called Z:, with the idea being to install the Linux OS in that chunk of the drive.

My first question: First up, I've formatted it as "exFAT" - is this the same as FAT32?

Next question: can I divide this 'Z' into smaller chunks with different formats, or do they all have to be the same format? I was hoping to be able to format a small bit of the drive into a Linux filesystem so that both OSs can be kept entirely separate from each other, but leave the bulk of it as FAT so that I can see my files with both OSs. If this is not possible, what would be the best way to achieve the desired result?

Thanks for any help.

McG


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08 Dec 2009   #2
wallyinnc

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Hi McG, welcome to the forums.
I can't really answer your questions about Ubuntu, but I recommend you start by checking this thread at the Ubuntu forum. I would save it since you might come into those problems when trying to install Ubuntu in your disc.
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