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How to install Ubuntu 9.04 on a manually created partition

Now that you must have installed Ubuntu 9.04 on your USB or thumb drive and tested it properly, you would like to install it on your PC or laptop. We assume that you already have Windows XP installed on your machine and you would like to install this version of Ubuntu on another partition and you would like to create a dual boot up system (in which you can boot both from Windows and Ubuntu).

Warning: In case you lose data while installing Ubuntu (highly unlikely) following this tutorial, we won’t be held responsible.

While running Ubuntu from your USB drive, you first of all encounter this menu (click image to enlarge):


Highlight “Install Ubuntu” and hit Enter. In the next screen you get to choose the language your would like to use. This you can change later on.


Click forward and you get to select your time zone. You don’t have to exactly locate your area (it is not possible in the interface) but you can select the nearest city.


Click Forward after selecting your region. In the proceeding screen you select your keyboard layout.


Click Forward after selecting your keyboard layout. The real action begins now. Here you decide how to install Ubuntu on a manually created partition. As you can see in the image below, you have three option:


  • Install Ubuntu on the same partition where Windows is installed so that both the operating system run and exist side by side.
  • Wipe out everything and install Ubuntu on the entire disk.
  • Manually specify the partition and organize it.


Select the 3rd option and click Forward. You are presented with the following Window:


/dev/sda1 or /dev/hda1 in most of the cases is your existing operating system, Windows in this example. So you don’t touch that. Click the row that contains the partition that either contains free space or data you don’t require. Right-click there and then click New partition.

installing-ubuntu-9.04-10 A swap partition is just like RAM, the more you have it, the better off are your running programs. Ideally it should be double the size of RAM you have got installed on your system (hence, don’t pay attention to the size we have entered above). Click OK. Again right click on the Free space and click Create partition.


As you must have noticed we have around 15GB of space on the partition where we are installing Ubuntu. In this screen we’ve chosen a little less than 13GB as our root partition where all the files and data exists. This needs to be Primary, and enter / for Mount point. If you don’t understand what’s happening, simply enter these details (of course the size would differ) and click OK.


Again you will see free space in the partition table. Right-click and again click Create partition. Add the information as mentioned above and click OK. Notice the mount point as /home. You can do without home partition by the way, and you can also create it later on once Ubuntu is fully functional as an operating system. Anyway, finally, you have this sort of partition table in front of you (it won’t be exactly like this):


Click Forward. After this it’s very easy. Answer whatever is asked, and you are on your way to installing Ubuntu 9.04 on your manually created partition.

18 thoughts on “How to install Ubuntu 9.04 on a manually created partition

  1. Tankerdog2002

    Thanks! This article saved me. I had to do a manual install for LILO and had no idea how to do it.

    It saved me from losing my optical drives with a XP/Ubuntu 9.04 dual boot.

    Kudos to you sir!

  2. Xenobiologista

    Thanks, I had forgotten how to do this part.

    By the way, I ran into a very strange problem. I created the swap partition at the beginning of the available free space (like you, I had Windows on a partition of the same hard drive), then created the root partition at the beginning of the available free space after that. Then it kept saying the remaining space was unusable. I went back and redid this several times and tried making the root partition different sizes.

    Finally, putting the root partition at the END of the free space available after creating the swap partition fixed the problem and I was able to create a home partition in the remaining space. Any idea what causes this to happen? I’m a Linux newbie. Thanks.

  3. malith

    what will happen if, in the import section , windows XP was not in the list of imports?will ubuntu replace existing windows XP?

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