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    Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    Hey Y'all.

    SO I managed to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7 as a dual boot option. I even switched it do that Ubuntu is the default boot.

    BUT!

    My partitions, they are a mess.

    Heres the output from:

    mount
    gnomatic@ubuntu:~$ mount
    /dev/loop0 on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
    none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
    udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
    devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
    tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
    none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
    none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
    /dev/sda5 on /host type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,user_id=0,group_id=0,all ow_other,blksize=4096)
    /dev/sda2 on /media/OS type fuseblk (rw,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
    binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
    /dev/sda6 on /media/storage type fuseblk (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,allow_other,blksize=4096)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/gnomatic/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=gnomatic)
    gvfs-fuse-daemon on /root/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev)

    And from:

    sudo parted /dev/sda unit s print
    Model: ATA WDC WD5000BEVT-8 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 976773168s
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 63s 45062324s 45062262s primary fat32 hidden, lba
    2 45062325s 289249253s 244186929s primary ntfs boot
    3 289249280s 976771071s 687521792s extended lba
    5 289251328s 526209023s 236957696s logical ntfs
    6 526211072s 976769023s 450557952s logical ntfs

    SO confused. I thought one could only have 4 partitions?

    I'd ideally like to have a 100 gb windows7 partition (for windows os, games, etc.), an Ubuntu root partition and then a large partition for storage of media, music, and movies which i can access from both OS's. is this possible?

    Or should I just count myself lucky that the clusterf*&% is working at all.


    Any help/explanation is much appreciated.


    Thanks!!

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    Re: Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    Did I do something wrong? I must have, since no one has even bothered to look at this thread.

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    Re: Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    Please allow up to 24 hours before bumping. We are all volunteers and only those who think they may help based on what you have posted may offer to help.

    It looks like you have installed wubi. Wubi is a install inside the Windows NTFS partition. But you also have created an extended partition. And extended partition is one of the allowed 4 primary but can hold many logical partitions. The listing with /loop is wubi mounted inside another partition and /host is the NTFS partition that wubi is installed into.

    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/wubi

    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide
    Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi

    From the developer of wubi:
    http://howsoftwareisbuilt.com/2009/0...o-wubi-ubuntu/
    Agostino: Wubi actually wasn’t designed to do long-term installations. The main aim was really to let people try out Ubuntu with confidence. Normally, users that start with Wubi tend to upgrade to a full installation to a dedicated partition at the next release cycle.

    Windows has to boot from a primary partition, but is your main install in one of the logical partitions? It looks like it might be sda5 which is logical.

    If you have not saved a lot of data in wubi, you can just delete it, shrink Windows with Windows tools and use gparted to create new partitions for Ubuntu.

    If you have a lot of data or configuration in wubi, you can create partitions and move it to the new partitions.
    HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition - bcbc
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MigrateWubi
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1519354
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Ho...ws%20entirely?
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    Whoops, thanks very much oldfred. I just saw that it wasn't gettign ANY views, but that seems to have changed.

    WHen I boot, it gives me the option of ubuntu and windows7. could i still be booting into wubi if i am selecting ubuntu at the boot menu? if no, the wubi install is old and no longer used. can i just simply delete it? how would i go about that?

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    Re: Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    and so if windows ifs the primary partiton that'd be sda1, yes? and the loop is wubi? How does that relate to what im seeign in gparted?

    When i open gparted, i get:
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    Re: Help with a perfectly (mostly) working Ubuntu/W7 dual-boot installation.

    Gparted is only showing NTFS partitions. Linux (other than wubi) does not run from NTFS formated partitions as it does not support ownership & permissions.

    You are booting with Windows, and the BCD has a second entry for wubi to boot into the wubi install inside the NTFS partition.

    The only Ubuntu install shown is the wubi one. If you have anything you want to save be sure to back that up including the hidden files in /home. And you should make a Windows repairCD, backup Windows before any major partitioning changes, just in case.

    Uninstall wubi:
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WubiGuide#Ho...nstall_Wubi.3F
    bcdEdit - bcbc
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...05&postcount=5

    The vendor recovery DVDs are just an image of your drive as purchased. If you have housecleaned a lot of cruft normally included, run many updates with many reboots, and added software you may want a full back up.
    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2040149
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1626990
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    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
    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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