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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    Quote Originally Posted by glindste View Post
    Thanks alot! Your script worked perfectly! It feels so much cleaner to have a separate ubuntu install independent of windows. And the boot time has also improved.
    Great work!
    Great. You're welcome

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    hello bcbc

    thank u for such a great work
    i just migrated my ubuntu
    first i used disk utility to create a ext4 partition and a swap partition and then i migrated.
    it went smooth except for one thing
    here is the code

    abc123@ubuntu:~$ cd Downloads/
    abc123@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ ls
    wubi-move-2.0.sh wubi-move-2.0.sh.tar.gz
    abc123@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for abc123:


    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x2abe2abd


    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 3187 25599546 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 3188 19456 130680742+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 3188 4158 7799526 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda6 4159 5433 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda7 5434 6708 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda8 6709 7983 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda9 7984 9258 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda10 9259 10533 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda11 10534 11808 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda12 11809 13083 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda13 13084 14358 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda14 14359 15633 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda15 15634 16908 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda16 16909 18183 10241406 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda17 18184 19456 10225341 7 HPFS/NTFS
    abc123@ubuntu:~/Downloads$ sudo bash wubi-move-2.0.sh /dev/sda12 /dev/sda13




    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Would you like the grub2 bootloader to be installed
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: to drive /dev/sda? If you choose not to, you will
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: still be able to boot your migrated install from
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: your current install.
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Install grub bootloader to /dev/sda? (Y/N)
    y
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Please close all open files before continuing.
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: About to format the target partition (/dev/sda12).
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Proceed with format (Y/N)
    y
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Formatting /dev/sda12 with ext4 file system


    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Copying files - please be patient - this takes some time
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Creating swap...


    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Starting chroot to the target install.
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Removing lupin-support on target...



    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Grub bootloader installed to /dev/sda
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Updating the target grub menu...
    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Exiting from chroot on target install...


    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Updating current grub menu to add new install...
    Generating grub.cfg ...
    cat: /boot/grub/video.lst: No such file or directory
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
    Found Windows NT/2000/XP (loader) on /dev/sda1
    Found Ubuntu 11.04 (11.04) on /dev/sda12
    done


    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Operation completed successfully.
    abc123@ubuntu:~/Downloads$



    it says cat: /boot/grub/video.lst: No such file or directory
    is it an important file. i am completely new to ubuntu.

    i am able to login and run internet.


    please help
    Last edited by s_dv; September 9th, 2011 at 02:50 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Updating current grub menu to add new install...
    Generating grub.cfg ...
    cat: /boot/grub/video.lst: No such file or directory
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.38-8-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
    Found Windows NT/2000/XP (loader) on /dev/sda1
    Found Ubuntu 11.04 (11.04) on /dev/sda12
    done


    wubi-move-2.0.sh: Operation completed successfully.
    abc123@ubuntu:~/Downloads$
    s_dv,

    You do not need to worry about that error. The output (in red above) is actually coming from the command "sudo update-grub" and it's a 'normal' output on current Wubi installs. If you boot your Wubi install (not your migrated one) and run that from a terminal, you'll see the same message.

    Why do you get it? Traditionally Wubi has had a near empty /boot/grub directory (the grub.cfg plus a couple others). But in a normal install you get all the grub modules and some other config files. And one of these is the video.lst which is referred to in the grub scripts. Anyway... long story short, it tries to inject the contents of video.lst into the grub.cfg and doesn't find it.

    So nothing to worry about. Enjoy!

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    thank you
    well i am a novice at ubuntu. still trying to find my feet here
    once again thank you for your help.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    Fixed it myself thanks
    Last edited by stoneworrior; September 11th, 2011 at 07:49 AM.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    OS: Ubuntu version 11.04 Final and Windows Server 2008 Standard
    Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2-B3
    BIOS Type/Date/Version: Award Modular v6.00PG
    Processor : Intel Core i3-2100CPU - 3.10GHz
    Chipset: Intel H67 chipset
    Ram : Kingston 4GB
    HDD : 500Gb seagate sata

    I have 2 OS:
    1. Ubuntu version 11.04 Final
    2. Windows Server 2008 Standard Trial

    Ubuntu 11.04 with wubi installed.

    Once my windows server expired, can i still use my wubi installed OS to access all windows data on my harddisk without migrating?
    Last edited by howefield; September 12th, 2011 at 08:49 AM. Reason: reset font to default.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    qzpac,

    it's in your best interests to migrate to a partition or install direct rather than relying on Wubi after your windows license has expired. While it may work (it's unlikely the windows boot manager will be locked out), you could still have issues if e.g. you need to run chkdsk.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    Hi there, first of all, the migration went off without a hitch for me, great stuff. Here's my question though.

    I see it's safe to uninstall wubi from Windows now, and that's well and good, but what led me to this in the first place is that after running ubuntu this way for a bit, I've come to not use Windows at all. I want to eliminate Windows altogether. My question is: is it safe to format the partition that Windows 7 is installed on and just add the free space to this partition, or do I need to format the entire hard drive and start fresh with ubuntu 11.04?

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    Quote Originally Posted by TubbyT View Post
    Hi there, first of all, the migration went off without a hitch for me, great stuff. Here's my question though.

    I see it's safe to uninstall wubi from Windows now, and that's well and good, but what led me to this in the first place is that after running ubuntu this way for a bit, I've come to not use Windows at all. I want to eliminate Windows altogether. My question is: is it safe to format the partition that Windows 7 is installed on and just add the free space to this partition, or do I need to format the entire hard drive and start fresh with ubuntu 11.04?
    It's safe to format the windows partition (assuming you installed the grub bootloader, which is the default).

    You can use that partition as a separate /home or even migrate your install over to it (the wubi migration script also moves normal ubuntu installs).

    Trying to remove the partition and resizing from a live CD/USB will probably take a long time (gparted can resize to the right quicker). Also take care when deleting/creating partitions as grub uses the partition number and/or the partition uuid to load it's modules and the grub.cfg (boot menu). So modifying partitions can interfere with this. At the least keep a bootable Ubuntu CD/USB handy.

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    Re: HOWTO: migrate wubi install to partition

    Yeah I have the grub loader installed. By the way, I saw way earlier in the thread someone mentioning it didn't install. I got the same error message that it didn't install even though I chose to install it, however, when I rebooted, it was there and loaded fine.

    As for migrating to that partition after I delete Windows, I'd already split my hard drive 50/50 so that wouldn't give me any more room than I have now. So you're saying for safety's sake I shouldn't try adding the free space I create by deleting Windows to this partition until I make a USB boot? (I have no CD drive.) Sorry for the repeated questions, I've only been using ubuntu for about a week and I've never messed with partitions or anything before this.

    EDIT: Could I format the Windows partition and use it for extra storage without resizing the current partition? Like would I be able to simply save new files to that partition while running ubuntu from this partition?

    Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by TubbyT; September 18th, 2011 at 08:28 PM. Reason: additional question

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