I can provide the details here and I even know what's wrong.. Just not on how to fix it.
My 1TB hard drive is GPT, which has alot of compatibility issues with various OS's. Windows 7 was tricky to install when I first got this PC but I resolved that problem within an hour or two. This was a year ago.
Since then I've tried tackling installing Ubuntu twice. Each time the installer will boot up, detect a 10000MB (you get the gist) NTFS partition... With absolutely nothing written on it. In reality Windows takes up roughly 600GB of the 1TB hard drive.
Ubuntu will not grant me any option other than to take the whole thing, or various partitioning options. All of which are dangerous in my eyes since the OS cannot detect Windows.
Just last night I created a separate EXT2 250GB partition from Windows 7. Took hours. This morning I go in to see if Ubuntu will at least recognize that partition... Nope. Still 1TB of free space on an NTFS filesystem.
So how do I go about dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 7 on a GPT hard drive with Windows already installed on it?
Please keep in mind I want to Dual Boot. Not install Ubuntu as an app using Wubi, or use VMware/etc.
Both Ubuntu and Win7 are 64 bit editions.
PC has 12GB of DDR3 1600 Vengeance RAM.
Intel i7 950 processor (quad, 8 threads)