I have a desktop computer on which I first installed Windows 7, then Ubuntu 13.10 (in dual-boot).
Since everything went fine, I wanted to do the same on my laptop, which currently has only Windows 7 installed.
At the installation screen, I'm supposed to create a new partition for Ubuntu but... I can't because it tells me that the space is "unusable". Apparently you can only have 4 partitions (worst design decision btw).
So the partitions listed there are:
- Windows 7 (loader) - about 100 MB in size
- my Windows partition
- my Data partition (with movies, photos, software etc.)
- Windows Recovery Environment (loader) - about 1 GB in size
I really need to install Ubuntu on this system. So I thought I could delete the Recovery partition. I never use it and I hope to god that I'll never regret not having it.
The question is: is it safe to delete this partition ? If yes, do I have to simply delete it from the Ubuntu installation screen or do I have to do something more special about it (like changing boot entries, I suspect it's bootable) ? Is there a better solution for my problem ?
I'm asking because I don't want to break something (I know from experience that working with partitions can have unpredictable consequences at the slightest wrong thing done to them).
Thank you in advance.