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    Exclamation Deleting Ubuntu

    I installed Ubuntu (10.04 I think) sometime last year and now I wanted to switch back but it wasn't in my boot list so I downloaded 11.04 and installed it.
    Now whenever I start up my laptop on the boot list there is Windows 7, Windows Vista which was normal, Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 11.04 Safe Mode which is normal, but now it seems that the old 10.04 is back with three different boot modes which are normal, safe mode and one other I cant remember. In total I have 8 boot modes.
    I want to remove my old 10.04 version of Ubuntu BUT keep 11.04.
    How do I do this?
    I am very new to this and while I am no noob, all this is looking very confusing on youtube with partitions and all that.

    Thank you.

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    Exclamation Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    And to clarify, I do not only want to remove 10.04 from the boot list, I want to completely remove it from my computer as it is taking up to much space.

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Reuben702 View Post
    And to clarify, I do not only want to remove 10.04 from the boot list, I want to completely remove it from my computer as it is taking up to much space.
    Unless you browse around your partitions and see it, the boot list is the only thing you may have of it.

    You can use disk utility (Dash menu -> Disk Utility) to browse your partitions and delete the partitions you don't want. You can tell from Disk Utility which partitions are mounted and being used. If you have access to all your data and a partition isn't mounted, then you might not miss it.

    You can also run to see which partitions you're using at boot time and preserve the ones containing your important data (11:04).

    Finally, keep in mind that when you perform an install, unless you specify a different partition, the other space is over written. This is the folders:

    /bin
    /usr/bin
    /sbin
    /usr/sbin
    /dev
    /lib
    /etc
    ... and some others

    When performing an installing, you'll be prompted that those directories will be removed and replaced with the new OS. So as far as I can see, there's nothing to delete on the 11:04 partition that you're using.

    By the way, I'm curious. Are you able to actually boot to the old 10.04 OS?

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    Exclamation Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    I just tried and 10.04 booted up fine, it would seem it is all still there.
    I went into disk utility and had a look at my hard disk but iv got no idea what is all means.
    I took a screen shot:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...eenshotzf.png/

    Also when I took a proper look at the boot list I have Ubuntu 8 as well, I installed that years ago and forgot.

    So I currently have installed: Ubuntu 11.04, Ubuntu 10.04, Ubuntu 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista.

    Could you help me remove 10.04 and 8 please?

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    According to your screenshot there are two Linux installations (the two ext4 partitions and their associated swaps, in an Extended partition) and 1 Windows installation (the Primary NTFS partition) on your computer. If you're showing all those OS selections in your GRUB menu, then they're extraneous entries in that menu, unless you have another hard drive that's not shown.

    If you're showing all those OSes in your GRUB menu, then you need to boot into 11.04, launch a terminal window, and run the following command:

    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    Once you've run that command, reboot and see if the entries are removed from the menu. By the partitions listed on your hard drive, you should only have 3....11.04, 10.04, and one Windows selection.

    On to removing 10.04...

    You will need to determine which of those partitions is actually 10.04, and then delete that partition and its associated swap partition. I see that one is 38 GB and the other is 87 GB. Find out which is which, then delete the appropriate ones. Once you do that, you'll want to expand the remaining ext4 partition into the free space, giving you the extra space for use. Then reboot back into 11.04 and run the above command again.

    One thing I haven't mentioned (but you likely already know)...you can't perform the expansion of 11.04 from the installation. You'll have to do that from a Live CD/USB.
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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    Wow, I updated GRUB and instead of them disappearing now I have 11!!!
    I've uploaded my boot list, forgive my camera I could only make a really small picture.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/0310111542.jpg/

    Thank you.

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Reuben702 View Post
    Wow, I updated GRUB and instead of them disappearing now I have 11!!!
    I've uploaded my boot list, forgive my camera I could only make a really small picture.

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/0310111542.jpg/

    Thank you.
    You don't have to upload pictures, you should paste text between quote tags.

    You can copy text by selecting it with your mouse, then right click and click copy. You can paste the text by right clicking where you want to paste the text and clicking paste.

    A code tag is: [ code ] text here [ /code ] (without the spaces.

    Will you give the output of the following:

    Code:
    cat /proc/partitions
    df -v
    The output you give us will be better than trying to look at pictures.

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    I know how to copy/paste but the boot list is on startup of the computer so I can not use the function.
    For this: cat /proc/partitions

    major minor #blocks name

    8 0 312571224 sda
    8 1 172674438 sda1
    8 2 11633664 sda2
    8 3 1 sda3
    8 5 84924416 sda5
    8 6 2881536 sda6
    8 7 37569536 sda7
    8 8 2880512 sda8


    For this: df -v

    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda7 36979272 13760848 21339948 40% /
    none 1411216 720 1410496 1% /dev
    none 1417844 196 1417648 1% /dev/shm
    none 1417844 216 1417628 1% /var/run
    none 1417844 0 1417844 0% /var/lock

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Reuben702 View Post
    I know how to copy/paste but the boot list is on startup of the computer so I can not use the function.
    For this: cat /proc/partitions

    major minor #blocks name

    8 0 312571224 sda
    8 1 172674438 sda1
    8 2 11633664 sda2
    8 3 1 sda3
    8 5 84924416 sda5
    8 6 2881536 sda6
    8 7 37569536 sda7
    8 8 2880512 sda8


    For this: df -v

    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda7 36979272 13760848 21339948 40% /
    none 1411216 720 1410496 1% /dev
    none 1417844 196 1417648 1% /dev/shm
    none 1417844 216 1417628 1% /var/run
    none 1417844 0 1417844 0% /var/lock
    If you will put your output between code tags it'd be extremely easy for us to deal with. I'm glad you can copy and paste. The code tags are just as important.

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    Re: Deleting Ubuntu

    I know how to copy/paste but the boot list is on startup of the computer so I can not use the function.

    Code:
    cat /proc/partitions
    major minor #blocks name

    8 0 312571224 sda
    8 1 172674438 sda1
    8 2 11633664 sda2
    8 3 1 sda3
    8 5 84924416 sda5
    8 6 2881536 sda6
    8 7 37569536 sda7
    8 8 2880512 sda8


    Code:
    df -v
    Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda7 36979272 13760848 21339948 40% /
    none 1411216 720 1410496 1% /dev
    none 1417844 196 1417648 1% /dev/shm
    none 1417844 216 1417628 1% /var/run
    none 1417844 0 1417844 0% /var/lock

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