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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    thank you so much for trying to help me. I'll try it right now and post here.

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    i've downloaded the archive with the software in it but i can't open it with the software center. is there another method?

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    you should open the software center and search for that app inside the software center.

    That's one of the beautiful things of Linux: certralised app management. There is no need to google an exe or so.

    And once it is installed, it automatically gets updated with all other software (in an installed version off course, not in a live environment).

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    i love this feature but I can't find that software in the software center.

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    Ah, ok. I checked it here: http://packages.ubuntu.com/natty/testdisk

    But I didn't notice that it was in the Universe repositories. Those are not enabled by default (because they cause patent issues in certain countries like the USA or Japan). You have first to go to the "software sources" and enable the universe repository.

    Sorry that I didn't notice it.

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    thank you. another dumb question, where I find the app after I've installed it?

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    testdisk is probably no GUI tool (as I said, I never used it). So open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and execute
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    testdrive testdisk
    Gui tools appear in the menus.

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    Sorry, it should be
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    sudo testdrive testdisk
    the sudo stands for "superuser do". Which gives more rights to the testdrive program. Normal programs only have the right to edit files owned by the user who is working with it (so they can't harm the OS installation). But programs executed as superuser (aka root) have rights to edit the entire hard disk (which is what you need here).
    Last edited by sanderd17; September 1st, 2011 at 06:20 PM.

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

    sudo testdrive doesn't work. it may be "sudo testdisk" ?

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    yes, it's testdisk, and not testdrive. Dont know why I said that, maybe have too much cars in my head

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    Re: Ubuntu installation without whole hard drive formatting

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    help me please to interpret this data..
    Code:
    Partition                  Start        End    Size in sectors
    
     1 * Linux                    0  32 33    12 250 14     206496 [linux2]
     2 P HPFS - NTFS          14084  56 53 39580 131 39  409597952 [WorkSpace]
     3 P HPFS - NTFS          39580 131 40 77825  37 36  614400000 [FunSpace]
    the partition where windows was installed doesn't appear here, it is called linux and has about 100 gb...
    Last edited by gexgik; September 1st, 2011 at 09:25 PM.

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