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  1. #11
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    Re: Confused about installation and partitions.

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    Re: Confused about installation and partitions.

    Thanks for the help everyone!

    This is what my GRUB looks like. I don't know if this is much help.
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    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-27-generic
    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-27-generic (recovery mode)
    Memory test (memtest86+)
    Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)
    Windows7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
    Windows7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (on /dev/sdb)
    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (recovery mode ) (on /dev/sdb)
    I always choose
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    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-27-generic
    Ubuntu, with Linux 3.2.0-27-generic (recovery mode)

    I finally had the opportunity to restart my computer. However, I didn't do what Darko had said to do.
    Run ubuntu again in live mode with the usb
    (Darko: This was by accident, I just forgot to plug the usb in. I can still do this if it would be helpful.)
    To my liking, everything I had there.....was still there! So, I believe I wasn't in live mode.

    You have two 750GB drives. Windows is on one, & Ubuntu on the other. You show two Linux partitions. That could be two installs, or an install with a separate /home. Does it boot ok?
    oldfred: The boot has some weird multi-colored lines, but then it opens my home page.

    Here is the url to my bootrepair info http://paste.ubuntu.com/1138245/.

    Oldfred: Could you explain this further? I'm just not that partition savy. Or maybe provide me with a link that has reading?
    With larger drives I prefer a smaller / (root) of 25GB and then larger /home and/or other data partitions for all user data. System is a bit more efficient as files used most often are closer together on drive.

  3. #13
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    Re: Confused about installation and partitions.

    You have two installs sdb1 & sdb6. The grub2 boot loader in the MBR of both sda & sdb boot the install in sdb1.

    I like to have the boot loader for an install in the same drive. So if the other drive ever fails I can use BIOS to choose to boot other drive. I do like having Windows in one drive & Ubuntu in another & I usually do at least some backups from the Windows drive onto the Ubuntu drive & vice-versa. You still should backup most important data to DVDs, flash drives or other images to also have some history.

    Boot-Repair can install a Windows like boot loader or you can use Windows to run its BootRec.exe /fixMBR to sda only. Then set BIOS to boot sdb and you can boot both from the grub menu.

    You can use gparted from liveCD to delete sdb6, if you do not want that install. Since you have larger drives you should have room for another install if you just want to experiment.

    When dual booting I also suggest a separate NTFS shared data partition. Then you can set the Windows system partition as read- only in Ubuntu and only write into the shared data. Windows for whatever reason does not like too many writes into its system or users accidentally damage Windows as the Linux NTFS driver shows all files & folders. Windows hides important system files & folders for your own protection.

    Install with separate /home from aysiu
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installseparatehome
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Insta...0-160966.shtml

    If a new install you can easily reinstall. Or you can shrink the Linux system partition with gparted, create a new partition for /home and maybe shared NTFS. Then you can move your /home folder to the new /home partition.

    To move /home uses rsync
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Pa...ng/Home/Moving

    I only had / (root) and swap for a couple of years but almost immediately created the shared NTFS. So it is not required to have a partition for /home. But I used shared NTFS for Firefox & Thunderbird profiles, so I had same bookmarks & email in both system & all photos, so I could use the Windows version of Picasa in both.

    General info:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...gANewHardDrive
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ho...sAndPartitions
    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Confused about installation and partitions.

    Thanks!

    I will probably use gparted to delete the sdb6. Is there a way I can tell how big sdb6 is? I don't know if I should attempt this, but I would like to have the
    bootloader for an install in the same drive
    for each OS. I will do some reading and then decide. Thanks for the literature! I will mark this thread as solved.

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    Re: Confused about installation and partitions.

    Post #9 said it was 128GB.

    I was suggesting installing Windows boot loader to sda, just so the Windows drive could boot without sdb. And if booting with the grub2 boot loader in sdb, you can boot Ubuntu without sda.
    Oldfred on vacation. Back Sept 9. Will not have much if any Internet access.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to close thread when/if answered completely.







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