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    Question replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    I'm new to Linux, so you 'll probably have to provide some detailed information (or provide a link to it)



    I recently installed Elementary OS on my machine, next to Windows 7, so I have a dual boot.
    Now, I'm not sure Elementary OS is the right distro for me so I would like to replace Elementary Os with Xubuntu, but I want to keep Windows 7. I did not create a single file in Elementary OS, so I don't need to keep a thing of that.
    How can I achieve that?


    During installation, I have get the question This computer currently has multiple operating systems on it. What would you like to do?

    • Install Xubuntu alongside them (documents, music and other personal files will be kept. You can choose which operating system you want each time the computer starts up)
    • Erase disk and install Xubuntu (Warning: This will delete all your programs, documents, photos, music, and any other files in all operating systems.)
    • Something else (you can create or resize partitions yourself, or choose multiple partitions for Xubuntu)

    I don't have a clue on what to choose, so Elementary is gone, xubuntu gets installed and Windows 7 is kept untouched.

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by DoPiDo View Post
    I'm new to Linux, so you 'll probably have to provide some detailed information (or provide a link to it)



    I recently installed Elementary OS on my machine, next to Windows 7, so I have a dual boot.
    Now, I'm not sure Elementary OS is the right distro for me so I would like to replace Elementary Os with Xubuntu, but I want to keep Windows 7. I did not create a single file in Elementary OS, so I don't need to keep a thing of that.
    How can I achieve that?


    During installation, I have get the question This computer currently has multiple operating systems on it. What would you like to do?

    • Install Xubuntu alongside them (documents, music and other personal files will be kept. You can choose which operating system you want each time the computer starts up)
    • Erase disk and install Xubuntu (Warning: This will delete all your programs, documents, photos, music, and any other files in all operating systems.)
    • Something else (you can create or resize partitions yourself, or choose multiple partitions for Xubuntu)

    I don't have a clue on what to choose, so Elementary is gone, xubuntu gets installed and Windows 7 is kept untouched.
    Select "something else" and when the partitions where showed, show us a screenshot of them (As you cannot make an screenshot during installation, if you can, make the screenshot with a camera or a mobile phone).

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by albandy View Post
    Select "something else" and when the partitions where showed, show us a screenshot of them (As you cannot make an screenshot during installation, if you can, make the screenshot with a camera or a mobile phone).
    ok, I'll do that.
    You'll have to wait for 12 hours when I come home from work

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    And just in case, make backups. Fiddling with hard disks can go wrong !
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    From Elementary OS open a terminal and type in,

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Copy and paste the output here.

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    BEFORE you mess around with installing Ubuntu, do yourself a favor and use the Win7 Backup feature to create and burn a Win7 Repair CD. You may need this later to restore the Win7 boot loader if anything happens to it during your Ubuntu install.
    Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    sdo fdisk -l

    gives me this:


    Schijf /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 koppen, 63 sectoren/spoor, 30401 cilinders
    Eenheid = cilinders van 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sectorgrootte (logischl/fysiek): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    in-/uitvoergrootte (minimaal/optimaal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Schijf-ID: 0x947dc3bb

    Apparaat Opstart Begin Einde Blokken ID Systeem
    /dev/sda1 1 1698 13631488 27 [onbekend]
    /dev/sda2 1698 2220 4194304 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sda3 * 2220 2233 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda4 2233 30402 226268161 f W95 Uitgeb. (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 2233 23141 167946343+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 23141 30100 55894016 83 Linux
    /dev/sda7 30100 30402 2425856 82 Linux wisselgeheugen



    My system is in Dutch, and I can't find quickly where to chenge language...

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    Your Elementary OS is on /dev/sda6

    Choose the option 'something else', choose sda6 and 'change' or 'edit'. I'm not exactly sure about all the terms as this is 'uit het hoofd'. There might be a tickbox to format; if so, tick it. And choose '/' as the mount point.

    Step 7C in http://www.techspot.com/community/to...-11-10.172128/ shows it more or less. You should have sda6 there.
    The next picture shows what I'm referring to; the size should be the correct size, only thing you MUST change is the type (to logical) if it's not already set. And make sure the mountpoint is '/'.
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom View Post
    Your Elementary OS is on /dev/sda6
    Correct !

    Quote Originally Posted by Wim Sturkenboom View Post
    Choose the option 'something else', choose sda6 and 'change' or 'edit'. I'm not exactly sure about all the terms as this is 'uit het hoofd'. There might be a tickbox to format; if so, tick it. And choose '/' as the mount point.
    "Change" is the correct option , and Yes OP should tick the box for formating , also mount in root / as you said and also select the "Ext4 journaling filesystem".

    Thanks

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    Re: replace my distro without affecting my Windows-partition?

    ok ,thanks for your input. I'll give it a try in a few days and let you know how that worked out.

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