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Based on the results shown below, I believe that my next step would be to shrink the C/: volume from within Win7 and install Ubuntu in the free space. Any thoughts?

The output of sudo parted --list is:

Model: ATA TOSHIBA MK5056GS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 210MB 209MB primary ntfs boot
2 210MB 480GB 479GB primary ntfs
3 480GB 500GB 20.5GB primary ntfs
4 500GB 500GB 108MB primary fat32 lba

Warning: Unable to open /dev/sr1 read-write (Read-only file system). /dev/sr1
has been opened read-only.
Model: Unknown (unknown)
Disk /dev/sr1: 1044MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 2048B/2048B
Partition Table: mac

Number Start End Size File system Name Flags
1 8192B 24.6kB 16.4kB Apple
2 42.3MB 51.8MB 9568kB EFI

I am trying to Installing Ubuntu 14.04.2 as dual boot with Windows 7. The installation process is not prompting me to re-partition my Windows 7 Hard Disk. Should I do this manually from within Windows 7 or Is there a utility I can use from the Ubuntu DVD?

How can I partition my Hard Disk?

Thank you for your reply David. I am attempting to install Ubuntu on a HP Pavilion dv4 with 4GB of RAM and 500GB HDD. The fdisk -l, gdisk -l, and parted -l commands yielded no results (although I'm not sure what you meant by (MBR)?).

From the Win7 Computer Manager screen I see the following volumes:

Unnamed:  NTFS 199MB;
(C:) NTFS 446.38GB;

All of these Volumes are 'Simple' and 'Basic'. These Volumes were also shown on the Ubuntu Desktop running from the Live CD.

If I shrink the (C:) volume from the Win7 Computer Management screen, will Ubuntu be able to install in the free space?

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You've got 4 primary partitions, so shrinking one will not allow you to create an additional one as you've got an msdos partition table and 4 is the maximum.

So you've got to:

  • make an image backup of the entire disk

  • delete one of the partitions (I would take the HP-TOOLS)

  • resize your partitions as needed

  • create an extended partition (sda5)

  • create a partition inside the extended partition (sda6)

  • restore the deleted partition (sda6)

  • install Ubuntu in the free space of the extended partition (I would create 2 partitions: one for / and one for /home )

Alternatively, (not recommended) you could also take an image backup of only one partition and restore that...

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