[ubuntu] Cannot Install Ubuntu Need some guidance for new Ubuntu user

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I downloade Ubuntu to a thumb drive and can boot up without a problem on the thumb drive. I have a dell XPS that got hit with a virus and it was too painful to remove it. I wiped the hard drive clean using the XP install disc (NTSF). When I tried to install and run windows it said that the drive was not available. I gave up at this point and got out my thumb drive and booted up in Ubuntu. :lolflag: I formatted and partioned the hard drive using the disk utiliities. It was extremely fast and this got me concerned. I formated a 150 gb and 100 gb partion. It took less than 10 seconds for each (Hardware)