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    Exclamation Multi-Partition Help.

    Ok, sorry if I sound like a newbie or whatever.. But if you need more info let me know & i'll fetch them for you.

    Anyways, I installed Ubuntu 10.0 the other day as a separate partition on my laptop alongside my Windows 7 OS. I really like Ubuntu and I decided i'm going to backup all my data on Windows 7 and fully install Ubuntu on my hard drive. But, I am having trouble erasing my current Ubuntu partition before I go ahead and re-install it fully. Please help me uninstall Ubuntu cleanly & resize my hard drive partitions to normal before I download Ubuntu to go over Windows 7. I'm not much a computer genius these days, I would love to get some help on this subject. Please make your tips understandable.

    Ubuntu is an amazing OS, I hope I can get my partitions cleaned up before install it fully over Windows. Thank you!

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    You don't necessarily need to reinstall Ubuntu for that reason. All you would need to do is:

    1. Backup files onto external source (external HDD, secondary internal HDD).

    2. Delete the Windows partition using a partition editor such as GParted.

    3. Resize your Ubuntu partition. This needs to be done from a live CD, it is not safe to resize a partition while it is mounted (running).

    Keep in mind that you may need to reinstall Grub if you are currently using the Windows bootloader.
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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    Sorry, I forgot to add this to the thread.

    Is it possible I can move my files over to my Ubuntu partition & keep my windows 7 without some sort of Flash Drive or something? I have alot of music, folder with files/pictures, and a couple of programs/games that I would like to have on Ubuntu when I re-install it over my current OS.

    I went onto Windows Disk Management and saw that I have several partitions, they are; [blank], [Acer [C:], and [SYSTEM RESERVED]. I don't see anywhere about a Ubuntu partition even tho I do have one.

    I really would like to know these things before I make any dramatic changed to my hard drive, please let me know how I can remove Windows 7 and extend the Ubuntu Partition please.

    Sorry if I am asking for too much, just don't want to ruin my only computer that I have and very much needed.

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    The Windows Disk Manager doesn't do a good job of identifying Linux partitions. I recommend you use a Linux tool, such as the GUI GParted or the text-mode fdisk, to identify your partitions.

    For better advice, I recommend you post a screen shot of GParted showing your disk and an estimate of how much data you want to preserve from Windows (in megabytes or gigabytes). With that information, we'll be able to give you better informed and more precise advice. There may be ways to do this that will be safer than what cs.surrusco suggested; however, it depends on the current partition layout and how much data you want to preserve from the Windows installation.

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.



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    Here is the screenshot of my partitions,i want to remove windows and set ubuntu as my default OS.


    Edit: I don't have a live CD tho.
    Last edited by phizikal; September 28th, 2010 at 03:24 AM.

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    You don't have an Ubuntu partition, so you must have a Wubi install. In this case, you would need to reinstall Ubuntu. You can follow the procedure in my previous post, except instead of enlarging the Ubuntu partition, you would want to create a new one over the whole drive during the install process.
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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    That's good news and made it much much easier for me, thank you. Can you give me the link to the real installation file for ubuntu?

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    Here's the download page where you can get a disk image (.iso) of the Ubuntu Installer. You'll need to burn a CD of it. Then you can boot from the CD and the installer will run. When the installer gets to the partitioning part, choose to erase the entire disk and use it for Ubuntu, but only after you've backed up your data, of course.
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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    Thank you soo much, I will most certainly back-up all of my date first. I will reply if I have any future trouble, won't be-able to this until I buy a flash drive or an external hard drive.

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    Re: Multi-Partition Help.

    I concur with cj.surrusco's advice. A couple more minor points:


    • If your computer is 64-bit capable (as most sold in the last few years are), I recommend using the 64-bit version of Ubuntu, despite the "not recommended for daily desktop usage" statement on the Ubuntu download page. The 32- vs. 64-bit topic has been hashed to death on this forum in other threads, although I don't happen to have URLs handy, so you'll have to search if you want to find these old threads. In a nutshell, though, the 64-bit version will produce a modest speed increase (perhaps 10%, on average, for most uses) and will better handle memory over 4GB. A small number of programs work better in 32-bit form, but for the most part you can run the 32-bit versions if you really need them. Flash is probably the most notable remaining 64-bit issue, but Adobe's recently released a new 64-bit Flash for Linux that's gotten some positive reviews.
    • I recommend doing a manual partitioning. Set aside 10-20GB for the Linux root (/) filesystem, where the main OS files reside (given your disk size, you might as well go for 20GB); 1-2 times your RAM size for swap space; and the rest of your disk space for /home, where your user files go. This is different from the default install, which doesn't create a separate /home. Splitting off /home makes it easier to do certain types of upgrades in the future, since you can wipe out the root (/) filesystem where the OS itself resides without damaging your user files in /home.

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