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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    No, you're fine. You can rearrange/configure your drive to provide all the partitions necessary.

    Figure out the plan first, then execute slowly, once. No problem.

    srs5694 does make a good point about your sda5 Data partition. Looks like you have about a Gig of data, would be smart to get that backed up somehow first.
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Re-Partitioning went well, at least as far as I can tell.

    BUT Windows installer still "can find no hard drive"


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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    There's no boot flag set on your windows partition, sda4, ntfs. GParted, highlite sda4, then right button mouse, manage flags, set boot flag. That is what windows installer needs to see to find it's home
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    You would think that would work, but it didn't.

    "No hard drive could be found..."

    I am getting quite the education though.

    Priceless.
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Rivers View Post
    You would think that would work, but it didn't.

    "No hard drive could be found..."

    I am getting quite the education though.

    Priceless.
    Yes, isn't it fun when so much gets demystified, I just love how Linux enables one to examine EVERYTHING. A few more subtle things to consider now. i.e. consider what other FMs Quackers; Hedgehog1; srs5694; who are good at this have pointed out.
    • it appears your swap is not turned on, (no key icon showing), GParted, highlight swap partition, right button, swapon
    • Partition UUIDs have changed, post output of CODE: cat /etc/fstab
    • post output of CODE: sudo blkid
    • The windows partition is at the end of the disc, physically last I think, usually it's first, or near first. Is there a BIOS read limit of 137.5GB glitch? Rerun 'bootinfoscript' & post output
    • #'bootinfoscript' showed sda7 FileSystem as "Linux LVM", want to see if there is any evidence now of LVM on disc
    • post output of CODE: df-h
    • perform fsck on each partition that isn't mounted: GParted > highlight each partiton, Right Mouse button, select "CHECK" execute, repeat...
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    sudo blkid
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    df -h
    There, that should keep you busy for a while, thanks for being easy to work with....
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    After doing everything so far lined out, if Windows installer still can't see it's partition, and If we understand the disc layout correctly, and you have your Data backed up to a USB stick or something, you could clean it up considerably from here.


    • what's sda6 being used for? I'm guessing nothing, that was a FEDORA partition, junk it
    • sda5 is your Data partition, right?


    1. delete sda6, sda7, sda4:
    2. make room immediately after sda1 for a primary ntfs windows partition
    3. make new logical swap partition in unallocated extended space: size = your Physical RAM
    4. then fix (again) /etc/fstab with all the new UUIDs
    5. Install Windows
    6. take a shower, go on vacation
    Last edited by Hakunka-Matata; March 13th, 2011 at 12:25 PM.
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    Thumbs down Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Ah,... the goal is in sight.

    All 4 operations suggested are competed.
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    sudo blkid
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    df -h

    These ought to provide the tools to re-compase fstab so everybody sees every body, even Windose Installers.

    I will pursue https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Fstab and get back to you.

    This has been fun. Fun and aspirin.
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Hey, the partitioning looks nice. OOPS, Swap should be in a logical partition, (within an Extended partition) Look at your Thumbnail in Post#24 You can just delete the swap, create the Extended, create swap within unallocated of Extended.

    This paragraph now redundant after all the edits: How much RAM does that machine have? Adjust swap file size to equal RAM. Highlight, right button, turn SWAPOFF, do the resize, SWAPON

    are you going to post the output from the four commands?
    Last edited by Hakunka-Matata; March 13th, 2011 at 05:56 PM.
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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    There's no requirement that swap space be in a logical partition. The Ubuntu installer puts it in one by default, but that's just the default for the Ubuntu installer. That said, a disk with four primary partitions gives no room for expansion in the number of partitions on the disk, should that become desirable in the future. In fact, I'd argue that it's desirable now, in order to provide a data exchange partition between the two OSes. (It's unwise to give Linux write access to a Windows boot partition, so exchanging or sharing data is best accomplished via a separate non-boot NTFS partition.)

    The heart of the current issue, though, is this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Rivers
    BUT Windows installer still "can find no hard drive"
    This is a Windows issue at this point, so you might want to post about it on a Windows forum. Whether you pursue it here or elsewhere, though, it's critical that you understand and communicate clearly whether Windows can't find the hard drive or the Windows partition. If your motherboard is newer than the version of Windows you're installing, then Windows may lack drivers for your disk controller circuitry. This would result in Windows being unable to access your hard drive(s). The installer would show no partitions available at all, and it might complain that it could find no hard disks. (I don't know precisely what Windows reports in such situations.) If, OTOH, you've got suitable drivers, then Windows should show you your available partitions, even if they're Linux partitions. You might be unable to move beyond the partitioning screen because of various problems, but you should at least be able to see the hard disk.

    It's unclear from your description which of these things is happening, although it sounds more like the former than the latter. Perhaps posting a screen shot or two would help. (Try using a digital camera to photograph the screen.)

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    Re: After Fedora FAIL, success with Ubuntu - BUT...

    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Rivers View Post
    Alright.

    I guess I need to


    #3 Install Windows into that space AND NOT F**K up and ruin Linux?

    Some advice might be nice.

    Thanks for you excellent newbie assistance.


    just a side-note: when you get your windoze installed successfully and booted into it, look up "EasyBCD", it will make it easier to get back to linux. in other words, if you install linux then windows, microsux will overwite the MBR, EasyBCD gies you acces to editing that from windows if repairing it from linux seems daunting.

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