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    Re: Questions about partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by jroa View Post
    Before you do anything else, you probably want to make sure that Windows did in fact get deleted. Open a terminal and enter the following.

    sudo fdisk -l

    This will show all of your partitions. Then, copy and paste back here and we should be able to tell you if one of those partitions is probably your Windows.
    +1!

    BTW that's a lower case L at the end.

    This general guide still works with XP, but everything about grub is wrong! So ignore everything it says about the bootloader/grub!

    http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_l...lled_first.htm

    Once the installation is complete, and you know XP is booting OK, you need to boot the Ubuntu Live CD and follow the How to restore the Ubuntu grub bootloader (9.10 and beyond) section of this guide:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708

    If you're at all in doubt regarding device designations or such please just post the output of this command and we'll help you:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    BTW that's a lower case L at the end.

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    Re: Questions about partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by jroa View Post
    Yep, you lost Windows. You can use GParted with the live cd to create a new partition. The size depends on the Windows distro. If it is XP, then I think you can get away with only 10 - 20GB, but if it is Vista or 7, then I would have to do some research to find out what the minimum recommended size is.
    Don't forget to include the size of the software you want to run under Windows; that size requirement could add significantly to the disk space needs.

    Also, be aware that the recovery/installation discs that come with some computers are very aggressive about using disk space; they might not give the option of preserving the Linux installation. It sounds from the description posted earlier like the installer being used is not one of the really obnoxious ones, but I thought it worth mentioning, particularly in case somebody else with the same problem reads this thread in the future.

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    Re: Questions about partitions

    Quote Originally Posted by srs5694 View Post
    Don't forget to include the size of the software you want to run under Windows; that size requirement could add significantly to the disk space needs.

    Also, be aware that the recovery/installation discs that come with some computers are very aggressive about using disk space; they might not give the option of preserving the Linux installation. It sounds from the description posted earlier like the installer being used is not one of the really obnoxious ones, but I thought it worth mentioning, particularly in case somebody else with the same problem reads this thread in the future.
    +1 regarding all of that!

    I've not seen it much with XP, but somewhat with Vista, and a lot with Win7 where "branded OEM discs" will absolutely restore the box/book/lappy to original state only, or at least insist on creating the original number of partitions.

    I still remember when it took three discs to restore an HP branded Win ME

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    Re: Questions about partitions

    One other thing to mention, that I think no one has yet, after you are done reinstalling Windows, there won't be any option to boot Ubuntu, just Windows. That problem is easily taken care of by reinstalling grub from the live cd.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...0from%20LiveCD

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