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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    - get 12.04 cd/usb (you were going to upgrade anyway, clean install is much better)
    - start installation procedure (http://howtoubuntu.org/how-to-instal...cise-pangolin/)
    - in partitioning phase pick manual config (http://howtoubuntu.org/wp-content/up...4/3-Choose.png 'something else') which means gparted.
    - delete ext4 and swap partitions (destroys all data on them)
    - use free space to create fresh swap and ext4 partition, ext4 should be marked as /
    - continue with installation

    you may have wanted to preserve existing ubuntu data on ext4 partitions, but i think it's not feasible. You could remove 1 ext4 (and redundant swaps) and make the other ext4 to expand to eat the freed space (data on deleted one will be lost either way), but resizing partitions is an annoyingly lengthy process (at least it was when i tried it last time). Removing and creating from scratch is almost instant and even with backing up to some external hdd and restoring from it, the process should be much faster than playing with resizing - but know that you have the possibility.
    In case of resizing you would have to go the upgrade route.
    Last edited by Vaphell; July 7th, 2012 at 02:54 AM.

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Well gparted wasn't much help, even on live cd.
    So, since I have backups, I'm just doing a fresh install of Ubuntu, after removing my messed up partitions.

    Wanted to try 12.04, but don't think my computer is compatible. Trying 11.10 a while back didnt workout.
    So, I needa go over the docs to figure out how it'll work on my system.

    Thanks again, for every1s help. I'll repost later

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Quote Originally Posted by hank22077 View Post
    Well gparted wasn't much help, even on live cd.
    So, since I have backups, I'm just doing a fresh install of Ubuntu, after removing my messed up partitions.

    Wanted to try 12.04, but don't think my computer is compatible. Trying 11.10 a while back didnt workout.
    So, I needa go over the docs to figure out how it'll work on my system.

    Thanks again, for every1s help. I'll repost later
    BTW, I have burned 12.04 on cd , and checked out https://help.ubuntu.com/12.04/instal...d64/index.html ; but would like to run it as dual boot with Windows Vista, and my Ubuntu 10.04.

    Is this possible?
    Last edited by hank22077; July 8th, 2012 at 01:59 AM. Reason: forgot detail

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    but would like to run it as dual boot with Windows Vista, and my Ubuntu 10.04.
    dual boot or triple boot then?
    if dual boot (Vista+12.04) then you need 1 ext4
    if triple boot(Vista+10.04+12.04) then obviously you need another ext4 to host new installation.

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaphell View Post
    dual boot or triple boot then?
    if dual boot (Vista+12.04) then you need 1 ext4
    if triple boot(Vista+10.04+12.04) then obviously you need another ext4 to host new installation.
    Thanks guys, my bad.
    Actually, I did mean triple boot.
    Sorry, I am still fairly new to Ubuntu.
    I've learned alot; just still get stuck

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    ...crap

    do we still have the disk structure like on the screenshot attached?
    sda11 is 10.04 and you want to preserve it?

    is sda7 free to use? if so you can install 12.04 into it (select / mount point during install).
    Remove 3 of 4 swaps and expand neighboring ext4 to consume the freed space (takes time).
    Code:
    before: [     ext4     ][ ext4 (10.04) ][ swap ][ swap ][ swap ][ swap ]
    after:  [ ext4 (12.04) ][               ext4 (10.04)           ][ swap ]
    Last edited by Vaphell; July 8th, 2012 at 02:42 AM.

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Thanks, LinuxMaster007, I'm gonna try it n post back.

    Yes, Vaphell, I've made the free space; now gonna try the install.

    Thanks, again evry1
    Last edited by hank22077; July 8th, 2012 at 02:45 AM. Reason: update

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    Exclamation Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Well, forget about the triple boot.
    Didnt even try it.
    After, gettin my Ubuntu 10.04 re-installed; I ended up with booting issues neway.
    My computer is 'locked' to boot from cd.
    I'm usin my Ubuntu cd now.
    The gparted utility under Administration, shows the partitions for Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.04, but show blank space.
    The gparted live cd is the same.
    I was backing up Windows for my wife's laptop, so I could use more of the desktop for Ubuntu. But, I dont have all the data backed up and no recovery disk.
    So, any suggestions? Windows partitions are there, but, like I said, all partitions seem blank.
    BTW, do I needa post this issue elsewhere?

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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    Is gparted have any icons showing errors or warnings next to the partitions?

    It will not show data in the partitions if it cannot mount the partition. And it will not mount partitions that need chkdsk from a Windows repairCD or e2fsck from Linux.

    You should have a repairCD or liveCD or USB for the current version of every system you have installed. But I have used a Windows 7 repairUSB to run chkdsk on my XP install.

    If you have another computer or a friend with Windows preferably the same 32 or 64 bit and Vista or 7 version.

    Make your own Windows repairCD (not vendor recovery):
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/w...em-repair-disc
    http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1114725.htm

    Windows 7 repair USB, Also Vista if service pack installed
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-re...tion-dvd-disc/
    http://www.webupd8.org/2010/10/creat...usb-drive.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Partitioning Help with gparted

    could you post the screenshot with gparted window or the output of fdisk -l in terminal?

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