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    What is the root.disk file?

    Hi,

    I have a 30 GB root.disk file sitting in /host/ubuntu/disks/root.disk, and I don't know what exactly it does. If all my OS info is stored in this file, does that mean I don't have Ubuntu installed as a standalone legitimate OS? What should I do if I want Ubuntu to be my permanent OS, is there a better way to install than WUBI?

    Thanks

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    Re: What is the root.disk file?

    Wubi is a version that runs in one file root.disk inside the Windows NTFS partition and uses the Windows boot loader in the MBR to boot. But once loaded it becomes just like a standard Ubuntu. It is intended for a longer test than a liveCD and allows updates. But running inside the NTFS partition means it still relies on Windows.

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi

    http://howsoftwareisbuilt.com/2009/0...o-wubi-ubuntu/
    Agostino: Wubi actually wasn’t designed to do long-term installations. The main aim was really to let people try out Ubuntu with confidence. Normally, users that start with Wubi tend to upgrade to a full installation to a dedicated partition at the next release cycle.

    HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition - bcbc
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MigrateWubi
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1519354
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Ho...ws%20entirely?
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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