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    Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    I recently reformatted a computer and installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 on two different hard drives (sdd and sdc, respectively). Following the install, I noticed that another hard drive, sde, had gone from having 2.2 TB used (my TV collection) and around 600gb free space left to having 8 gb left of free space. The size of the files hasn't changed, there's no extra partitions listed by either Windows Disk Management or gparted. In addition to the free space issues, Windows is only showing a few of the folders in the homegroup at all, and those only show up for the first few minutes after a reboot, after which they are no longer accessible from all the rest of the computers in my house.

    I started t/s with the usual method of googling my problem worded a few different ways and even tried to search the forums, but all that turned up was people with no idea how to partition their disk drives. I don't have an extra 2 TB of space, only about 800 gb oustide of sde, so I can't move the files to another disk for temporary storage and reformat the drive.

    Does anyone know what happened? How can a fresh OS install affect a hard disk drive it didn't change? Can I get my disk space back and homegroup working again?

    Thanks for any help!!!
    Last edited by skibum3027; May 14th, 2013 at 06:21 AM. Reason: typo fix

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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    Is Ubuntu working ok. If so mount various partitions you may be concerned about and run this:

    df -h

    What format is the partition you are concerned about?
    sudo parted -l
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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    Ubuntu and Windows both boot normally, and the disk mounts. It shows one partition with 2.6TB used. I moved some shows around and freed up 163GB so the drive isn't completely full, but there should be an additional 571 GB of the space that is unaccounted for. That space shows up in windirstat as "unknown." I know Windows System Protection can show up as unknown space, but it's not enabled for that drive. The partition is NFTS. Let me know if there's any other commands you'd like the output of and thanks for helping!!!

    michael@michael-PC:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sdc5 132G 4.1G 121G 4% /
    none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    udev 3.9G 4.0K 3.9G 1% /dev
    tmpfs 799M 888K 798M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 3.9G 228K 3.9G 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 16K 100M 1% /run/user
    /dev/sdc1 226M 46M 169M 22% /boot
    /home/michael/.Private 132G 4.1G 121G 4% /home/michael
    /dev/sde2 2.8T 2.6T 163G 95% /media/michael/TV Shows

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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    Linux is seeing the entire 2.8GB but saying it is 2.6GB used. In Linux you have to empty trash before the space is freed up. Did you delete from Linux or from Windows. Not sure how Windows does it anymore. But automounts in Linux may leave trash?

    Huge partition, but sometimes NTFS needs chkdsk, it will take a long time on that large of a partition.
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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    I haven't deleted anything of significant size. chkdsk is almost an hour in, and so far it's about 10% done. I'll post the results when it finishes.

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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    chkdsk just finished, and it worked!!!
    Thanks for your help!!

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    Re: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 Dual Boot Issues

    Glad that worked.
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