View Full Version : [ubuntu] Formatting old partitions, and remounting them.

October 19th, 2009, 04:16 PM

I wanted to get 9.04 installed, the 32-bit version, instead of my previous 8.10 64 bit. Being the apprentice that I am, I installed it side-by-side with XP and 8.10.

Now I'd like to format 8.10 and merge/mount the partitions with either windows or 9.04 - any advice/guidance available?


Mark Phelps
October 19th, 2009, 07:14 PM
Not aware of any Linux SW that actually "merges" partitions. Know this has been requested as a feature in GParted for some time, but not aware of it being implemented yet.

If you're just looking for setting up a partition for sharing data, create an NTFS partition and allow both MS Windows and Ubuntu to access it.

October 20th, 2009, 02:15 PM
How do I know what I have on what "mount"? I thought ntfs was where my current XP was at, so I didn't dare to format my old partitions when I wanted to install 9.04 - pretty ****** result not to set it up manually.

October 20th, 2009, 02:57 PM
The two console commands to sort your drives/partitions are

sudo fdisk -lu


sudo blkid

To show what is already mounted, and where, you can issue
sudo mount and observe the output.