View Full Version : [xubuntu] where's the files?

January 12th, 2010, 05:26 AM
First i would like to apologize if this is somewhere else but i am extremely new here. i am dual booting on a 10+ year old computer with xp pro. i had to get a partitioning program just to partition the hard drive and install xubuntu 9.10. so now i would like to format the partition with windows on it- but..... where the heck is it?? HELP!!

January 12th, 2010, 05:57 AM
have you tried using fdisk or gparted?

January 12th, 2010, 08:10 AM
Type the command:

>sudo fdisk -l

Then paste the output. It has information for every harddisk and partition.

January 13th, 2010, 12:06 AM
so i access this in command prompt? i am only used to the graphical display of files, this is very new to me. The only way i can view (c:/ in this case) is in command prompt? is it called command prompt or something else? thanks for any replies...

just to clarify- i am trying to access/view the windows partition from xubuntu. i have already quickly reviewed the starter guide but i didn't see it mentioned any where. i did see the drives (floppy, disk, usb) are accessed from the \media file. right?

January 13th, 2010, 12:11 AM
normally most help you will get here will be done via the terminal (also known as the CLI, similiar to windows command prompt) because that way the instructions will be pretty much the same no matter if you are running ubuntu, kubuntu or Xubuntu.

you won't actually see the files using
sudo fdisk -l but it will tell us what partitions you have and assist us in helping you in hopefully finding your files.

When you boot up, do you still get the option to boot into windows?

January 13th, 2010, 12:51 AM
yes, i am still able to boot into windows but i am looking to format that partition to be rid of windows but i am still "testing the waters". i was going to do it the other night but i couldn't find the files which has made me more leary. it's definitely different... where do i access CLI from? i'm not in front of the computer now or i would look myself. i am not very familiar with command prompt, is there any other way of finding this info?

January 13th, 2010, 01:08 AM
I believe the terminal is under Accessories - Terminal but I'm using a modified install with XFCE so my menus are a little different.

There are other ways but if we give you gui instructions, then it means you have to type things out in order to give us the info that will help us help you.

January 13th, 2010, 01:33 AM
you mean info as far as my setup? i can provide whatever info you need or maybe you could give me a link to where this is explained (preferrably with pictures :D) i would like to learn this for myself but i REALLY appreciate your help.

January 13th, 2010, 01:37 AM
right now we are just concerned with your drives and the partitions on them. easiest (I know you don't believe me right now on this but trust me, it is) is to open a terminal and run

sudo fdisk -l
then you can copy and paste from the terminal to here the same as you would in windows.

January 13th, 2010, 01:42 AM
when you say: "then you can copy and paste from the terminal to here" do you mean post the results on this forum or to a "notepad" or someplace to keep for myself to reference? i assume this is sort of a toc (table of contents) command?

January 13th, 2010, 01:44 AM
I mean post them here so we can help you with your original question

here is what mine looks like with 3 hard drives and a DVD burner

daryl@debian:~$ sudo fdisk -l
[sudo] password for daryl:

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd7bbb99b

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 3647 29294496 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 3648 19209 125001765 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 19210 19457 1992060 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00051741

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 668 5365678+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2 669 38913 307202962+ 83 Linux

Disk /dev/sdc: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd6e0d6e0

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 1 24321 195358401 83 Linux

January 13th, 2010, 01:46 AM
If you would prefer a GUI:

Go to System> Admin.> Synaptic Package Manager> search gparted>right click it and mark for installation> click apply

January 13th, 2010, 02:41 AM
i will try both later tonight- thank you all.