Re: Installing Ubuntu over Windows 7, recovery partition
Every vendors requirements are different, but in general, if you make changes to any of the following, the vendor-provided Recovery option is likely to fail:
1) Layout, format, and size of the partitions on the drive
2) Resizing or removing the original Win7 Boot or Win7 OS partitions
3) Messing around at all with the Recovery partition.
One easy and simple way around this is to do the following:
1) Download and install the FREE version of Macrium Reflect into MS Windows
2) Use the Macrium Linux Boot CD option to create and burn a boot CD
3) Use the Macrium image backup feature to back up the Win7 Boot and Win7 OS partitions to an external drive
4) Reboot using the Linux Boot CD, attach the external drive with the MR backup -- and confirm you can find the backups
At this point, you can remove any and all of the Win7 and Recovery partitions -- as you have a way to restore Win7 to its current state.
Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04; MS Win7.
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