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ZeframCochrane
August 23rd, 2008, 05:52 PM
I have tried Ubuntu from Live CD, and I was thinking of advancing to the next step, and installing it to double boot along with Win Vista.

I was wondering, should I eventually decide to drop Ubuntu, and shift back to a 100% Windows computer, what is the correct procedure to reformat to NTFS the partition assigned to Ubuntu, merge it with the existing Windows one, and restoring correct boot functions?
Because I was about to go ahead and install Ubuntu, fairly sure that I could eventually reformat its partition, but I suddenly realised that this would also delete the GRUB loader, leaving the computer without a bootable disk. Or I may be (most probably) wrong.

In essence, what is the I-have-changed-my-mind-gimme-back-windows-as-it-was-before procedure, after having used double boot for a while?

Oldsoldier2003
August 23rd, 2008, 05:54 PM
Basically what you'll do is:
1. delete the Ubuntu partition
2. restore the windows mbr
3. and then either reformat the unallocated space that used to be Ubuntu, or merge it with your vista partition.

Personally I would just format it as a separate data partition if I were in that situation.

sandysandy
August 23rd, 2008, 05:54 PM
u can use XP Cd to fix MBR.

or u can use super grub disk to restore windows MBR.

once MBR is restored, and u can boot to windows u can delete ubuntu and reformat partition to NTFS.

see this

http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p18.htm



regards

ZeframCochrane
August 23rd, 2008, 06:17 PM
Thanks for the answer to both.

Would the Super Grub Disk work even if I have installed Ubuntu in a partition of an originally NTFS drive which is not the drive/partition where Vista is installed?
Let me be more clear:
I have a laptop, in which I see two drives, C: and D:. Whether these are two real physical drives or they are two partitions of the same drive, I do not know. Anyway, Vista is installed on drive C:, and I wanted to install Ubuntu on a partition of drive D:. Would using Super Grub Disk correctly restore boot from drive C: ? I realize I may be asking completely meaningless questions (I'm unsure whether the MBR is in a partition of its own, or if it's in a sector of an existing partition, etc..) so please bear with me :(

Moreover, once I have correctly restored windows booting, and I find myself with a smaller D: drive (since part of it is still partitioned as EXT3), could I have more details as to how to restore the EXT3 partition to an NTFS one and merge it to the existing D: drive? I thought this couldn't be done from inside Windows, 'cos I thought Windows couldn't read/recognise EXT3.

sandysandy
August 23rd, 2008, 06:22 PM
post output of sudo fdisk -lu (from terminal of live CD)

regards

ZeframCochrane
August 23rd, 2008, 07:09 PM
Here is the result:



ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -lu

Disk /dev/sda: 320.0 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x961f8c5f

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 2048 20973567 10485760 27 Unknown
/dev/sda2 * 20973568 323055615 151041024 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 323055616 617705471 147324928 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 617705472 625139711 3717120 12 Compaq diagnostics


Am I right in interpreting that boot is done from device sda2? So, to rephrase my question, would the Super Grub Disk restore booting from sda2, even if Ubuntu is installed in a partition originally part of sda3?

sandysandy
August 24th, 2008, 03:26 AM
Whether these are two real physical drives or they are two partitions of the same drive,

in ur case these are partitions of same drive. sda 2 and sda3


Am I right in interpreting that boot is done from device sda2?

yes sda2 has the boot flag so boot is done from there.


So, to rephrase my question, would the Super Grub Disk restore booting from sda2, even if Ubuntu is installed in a partition originally part of sda3?

when u install ubuntu, u do get the option of either installing GRUB to MBR (Master Boot record) or to a partition.

in case u choose to install GRUB to MBR and at a later stage want to get rid of it, u can try Super Grub Disk or the vista CD. for vista other options also exist like easyBCD http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

also see these threads

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=508927

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=724817

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=740221


i'm unsure whether the MBR is in a partition of its own, or if it's in a sector of an existing partition, etc.

see this link for more info on MBR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record

regards