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    Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    i've seen many guides on how to create a dual boot of windows and linux when starting with windows, but i haven't found a guide to help with creating a windows partition to dual boot. i am currently running ubuntu and i have an xp iso, ripped from my cd on a desktop computer (don't have a cd drive). my hard drive is partitioned into the primary partition, extended, and linux swap. i've downloaded the gnome partition editor and it wont let me resize my partition. i tried "create partition table, but it says "2 partitions are currently active on device /dev/sda." so i can swap off one, but i can't alter the other at all. any help would be apriciated.

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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    you have to unmount the hdd to partition it. you don't have a cd drive? can you boot from usb?
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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    thank you for your response. i may be able to do it from a usb drive. when i attempt to unmount, i get this message: The partition


    Could not unmount /dev/sda1

    could not be unmounted from the following mount points:

    /

    Most likely other partitions are also mounted on these mount points. You are advised to unmount them manually.

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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    i can also use an external hard drive to install from, but not to boot off of as i have very limited time to use it

    also, is it safe to delete the "extended" and "linux swap" partitions?
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    As long as you are not working on a drive that is mounted you are OK.
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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    See keys in gparted that means they are mounted and cannot be worked on.
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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    could you post a pic of your partitions, to be sure, thanks

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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    i understand, but i keep getting this message when trying to unmount it
    Last edited by RFRFG; June 1st, 2011 at 02:53 AM.

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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    you have 45gig of data on your primary partition (sda1), whats with that?

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    Re: Dual Boot starting with ubuntu

    it was experimentation with a virtual machine, i have about 20 gigs free now

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