I realise there is already a thread at the top of the board about this but unfortunately this and other searches on this site and google haven't helped me.
A little background on my problem...
I'm running XP Home SP3 on a system that is about 4-5 years old. The system isn't in great shape - I try to keep everything neat and tidy but unfortunately I am not the only user, and about 2 years ago I took it to the shop to sort out a problem, which they did, but they also ran Ccleaner and deleted far too much leaving the system not especially stable.
A while ago I had a problem with watching videos - http://www.geekstogo...em-t205213.html - and followed the advice in here - http://www.geekstogo...er-t101331.html - to no avail. Won't go into any more detail about this problem though.
I have since downloaded Ubuntu live CD and booted Ubuntu straight from the CD as a sneak preview and found that I could watch all of the old videos. I did this after buying a new HDD for my computer (sorting out my storage issues), and my problem stems from this and the fact that I do not have restore disk or XP disk from my computer manufacturer.
When I try to install Ubuntu from the CD, it doesn't want to resize the partition on my C: drive where windows lives, but on the new drive. However I bought the new drive as a place to store my documents and don't want to have to back them up again incase the new partitions lose my data. I have tried the install with the new drive disconnected, but all it wants to do is create a whole drive partition for Ubuntu on C:.
Having read around, I know that the answer would be to partition my C: drive using a program such as Qtparted or such like. I don't really want to do this though as I feel there must be a reason why Ubuntu doesn't want to resize my Windows partition and I have no restore disk.
I have also seen solutions such as using Wubi, however I don't really want Windows and Ubuntu to communicate at all, as the Windows partition seems to have so many problems with it. Ideally an install where I could do something along the lines of this - http://ubuntuforums....ead.php?t=56723 - so as not to fiddle with Windows' MBR (seeing as I have no restore disk).
Essentially I want to safely install Ubuntu into a dual boot setup. Do you have any suggestions?
As a side note, my C: drive had been defragged before trying the install. Appologies for my longwindedness.