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What is the Installation Size for Ubuntu (Wubi)?

I need to install Ubuntu inside of Windows XP, but the installer ask me to enter an (installation size) that should vary between 3 to 30GBs. I have an internal hard disk of 60GBs with 30GBs free. My question is if I allocated 30GBs for Ubuntu, would I be able to use this space in both Windows and Ubuntu? The only reason that I’m using the Wubi method is because I don’t wand to lose space from portioning the hard drive.
Thank you so much for your answer, you actually helped a lot… 10GBs sounds good for a start. But my concern is that I only have 30GBs of free space and I want to allocate as much space as possible for Ubuntu but at the same, I want to be able to use Windows and store files in it. So assuming that I allocated, say 20GBs for Ubuntu, now, If I ran out of space in Windows, will I be able to use some of the space that was allocated for Ubuntu in Windows or the space that I allocate for it will be fixed and not accessible just like a partition?

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  1. . | Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Assuming you’ve set this up exactly as you describe, the choice really is yours. A 3GB setup will allow you to see Ubuntu although I’m not 100% certain how much additional stuff will be in addition to the basics. If you allow 10GB, I’m fairly certain you get all of the software you would get as if you were to install to its own partition.

    Something else you may want to try is Virtual PC. This is an alternate method that may (or may not) work well for you.

    I’m sorry I don’t know more about this particular method. I’ve had a few problems along the way with Ubuntu (as an install on a partition) so while I wish I could help more, I am unable to.

  2. Beryl 0.2.1/Linux Mint 7 | Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Installing Ubuntu as a dual-boot with Windows XP without partitioning
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/wubi

    You keep Windows as it is, Wubi only adds an extra option to boot into Ubuntu. Wubi does not require you to modify the partitions of your PC, or to use a different bootloader, and does not install special drivers. It works just like any other application.

    Wubi keeps most of the files in one folder, and if you do not like it, you can simply uninstall it as any other application.

    Boot in to windows insert the Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD and you will offered the option of installing inside windows which is where the Wubi installer comes in, you will be asked how many gigabytes you wish to allocate to Ubuntu (I recommend 8gb) then you set a password for your installation then click install and thats it.

    Once Ubuntu is fully installed upon starting your PC you will be given a choice of which operating system you want to use Windows or Ubuntu

    Ubuntu 9.10 Download
    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

    Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) User Guide
    http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Karmic

    Linux Mint 7 has a similar feature called mint4win and the directions given above for Wubi can be followed (mint4win is not available for Linux Mint 8)
    http://duncsweb.com/2009/09/27/mint4win-a-wubi-based-installer-of-linux-mint/

    Linux Mint 7 Download
    http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=38

    Linux Mint 7 Gloria User Guide
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/15884753/Linux-Mint-7-Gloria-User-Guide

    Ubuntu 9.10 and Linux Mint 7 can also be run straight from the LiveCD without touching your Hard drive

    LUg.

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