What if the installer says I don't have enough available hard disk space?

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http://askubuntu.com – I want to install Ubuntu 11 on my Dell Mini 9. Using ubuntu.com, I created a USB drive. I was successful in running Ubuntu 11 from the USB drive. However, I could not install Ubuntu 11 from the USB drive. There was a screen that had a checklist of three items on it. One of them was having enough free space on my hard disk, which I do not. The hard disk is just too small. The installation process was blocked because of this lack of available space. However, I understand Ubuntu does not necessarily need all the drive space specified, that smaller installs using less drive space are possi (HowTos)