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    (Solved) System sees Windows 7 which doesn't exist

    Why is Ubuntu 12.04 thinks that my spare/backup HDD has Windows 7 on it? i never ever installed Win7 just using it for backup.
    Last edited by Beardedturtle; December 3rd, 2012 at 02:50 AM.

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    Re: A question

    did you backup everything on a windows 7 partition?
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    Re: A question

    Quote Originally Posted by pqwoerituytrueiwoq View Post
    did you backup everything on a windows 7 partition?
    No I copy and pasted to it, file system is NTFS. I only copied programs, movies and music.

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    Re: A question

    Where is it telling you that it's Windows 7?

    Are any Windows files on the disk?

    Where'd you get the disk?

    A stab in the dark, I'd say its probably just the label.
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    Re: A question

    Quote Originally Posted by deadflowr View Post
    Where is it telling you that it's Windows 7?

    Are any Windows files on the disk?

    Where'd you get the disk?

    A stab in the dark, I'd say its probably just the label.
    Sometimes Ubunntu crashes and trys to load windows and says it is missing the boot files I will then go to the bios and see it has the HDD as the first boot option instead of the SSD...(SSD is Kingston Hyper X whole lot better then my old OCZ drive), Oh and flashed the SSD so there would be no trace of Win7.

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    Re: A question

    Quote Originally Posted by Beardedturtle View Post
    Sometimes Ubunntu crashes and trys to load windows and says it is missing the boot files I will then go to the bios and see it has the HDD as the first boot option instead of the SSD...(SSD is Kingston Hyper X whole lot better then my old OCZ drive), Oh and flashed the SSD so there would be no trace of Win7.
    I suspect because the drive is NTFS, and perhaps there is an old MBR on there, make sure you delete the MBR on it too.
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    Re: A question

    Beardedturtle
    Please mention your problem in question Title, That will be a lot helpful for other people in the forum.

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    Re: A question

    I can't believe no one has answered this correctly yet. I would say that it's because your computer came with a small recovery partition to reinstall Windows 7 if you need to. If you don't want that on there, you can always use GParted to delete it and expand your primary partition. If you do that, just make sure to back up your files and be careful to know for sure that that is what you're doing.
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    Re: System sees Windows 7 which doesn't exist

    Moved to Absolute Beginners Section.

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    Re: A question

    Quote Originally Posted by forrestcupp View Post
    I can't believe no one has answered this correctly yet. I would say that it's because your computer came with a small recovery partition to reinstall Windows 7 if you need to. If you don't want that on there, you can always use GParted to delete it and expand your primary partition. If you do that, just make sure to back up your files and be careful to know for sure that that is what you're doing.
    Thats is true, though I wouldnt think it would be seen as it is not marked as active and is a hidden partition usually but may be the case.

    Either way gpart the whole thing and make sure any MBR is removed along with hidden partitions

    I have seen with NTFS USB drives at least if BIOS is set to boot from USB and it sees the drive even though it has no OS on it it will error with "cannot find NTLDR" indicating it is looking for windows
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