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    Cannot load Ubuntu from Grub

    Before I begin, I must say I am very green when it comes to linux, bash and all this. So please go easy on me.

    Basically when I try to load Ubuntu from the dual-boot screen, I get brought to a terminal with the following:

    "GNU GRUB version 1.99-21ubuntu3

    Minimal Bash-like line editing....

    grub>"

    This started after, upon loading windows, my filesystem was checked and certain files it deemed corrupt or whatever were deleted. I saw the word "orphan" a lot.

    I have tried numerous solutions to get this to load Ubuntu for me but I am having no joy. Here are what I think are the important details:

    • This is Ubuntu 12, though what version I am unsure
    • It was installed using wubi. On windows, the folder C:/ubuntu/disks/grub/boot is empty.
    • When I type "linux /boot/vmlinuz" and then press tab, no results are filled in. Apparently this is supposed to autocomplete my kernel.


    I'd really appreciate some help with this, as I have no idea what I am doing, and I don't want to **** up my computer too much. It'd be super if I could do this while retaining all the files on my Ubuntu account. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Cannot load Ubuntu from Grub

    Welcome to the forums.

    I do not know wubi well, as I use full partitioned install.

    Did you run chkdsk from Windows and it perhaps moved the wubi file into the chkdsk folder?

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

    Missing root.disk
    http://ubuntu-with-wubi.blogspot.ca/...-rootdisk.html

    How-to: Recover files from Wubi install with LiveCD
    http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5004
    [Script] Mount Wubi Disk from Linux mount old wubi in new install
    mount ntfs partition first:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1037874
    mkdir /mnt/windows
    mount -o loop /mnt/windows/ubuntu/disks/root.disk /mnt/ubuntu

    If you are finding you like Ubuntu, it may be time to change to a full partitioned install.
    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.
    There was a recent post that an empty grub folder is normal with the newer versions.
    Last edited by oldfred; December 20th, 2012 at 10:29 PM.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Cannot load Ubuntu from Grub

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post

    How-to: Recover files from Wubi install with LiveCD
    http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5004
    So I tried this and in doing so appear to have found the problem; none of the disks sda1 through sda5 contain any of the files my partitioned Ubuntu drive should. sda1 is practically empty, 2 is my C: drive, 3 doesn't exist, 4 seems like it should be Ubuntu but it doesn't contain /ubuntu in any way, and 5 is my D: drive.

    So does this mean that my ubuntu stuff is irretrievably lost? Because if so I might just give up the ghost and do a proper install.

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    Re: Cannot load Ubuntu from Grub

    Normally you install wubi to the Windows c: "drive" or partition. One of the main advantages of wubi is that you do not have to partition and unpartition if you decide you do not like wubi/ubuntu.

    Wubi uses just one large file root.disk in your NTFS partition.
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Cannot load Ubuntu from Grub

    Quote Originally Posted by krisityfer View Post
    So I tried this and in doing so appear to have found the problem; none of the disks sda1 through sda5 contain any of the files my partitioned Ubuntu drive should. sda1 is practically empty, 2 is my C: drive, 3 doesn't exist, 4 seems like it should be Ubuntu but it doesn't contain /ubuntu in any way, and 5 is my D: drive.

    So does this mean that my ubuntu stuff is irretrievably lost? Because if so I might just give up the ghost and do a proper install.
    Check in the \ubuntu\disks folder. Look for the root.disk. If it's not there, the chkdsk might have detected corruption and recovered it intact. See here for details: http://askubuntu.com/questions/228709/ubuntu-12-04-wubi-not-starting-root-disk-corrupted

    If you can recover the root.disk you can at least recover your data, and at best migrate to a normal install from it.

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