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    Dual boot Windows7/Ubuntu14.04 with 2 drives – somethings wrong!

    Patient: 2009 Dell Studio, T9600(2.8GHz, 6MB Cache), 4GB, 128GB SSD, 350GB HDD
    OS Windows 7 Ultimate. Last week, added 14.04LTS. Went one fine, can dual boot. BUT....
    Windows is in the SSD (NTFS), and Ubuntu is in the last part of the HDD (ext4+swap).

    The problem was that I wanted to get both OS in the SSD (64GB Win/64GB Ubuntu) and use the HDD as 2 partitions 'Win7 data'(~150GB, shared) and 'Ubuntu data'(~150GB). The other problem was I went with “alongside” and not “Something else”(one of my lights went out in the brain...). So.... should I “Delete” Ubuntu and start over with my DVD with manually fparted? Or is there a better (easily) answer?
    (Toying with fparted since 8.04LTS and forgetting too much stuff...)
    Thanks, RickO

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    Re: Dual boot Windows7/Ubuntu14.04 with 2 drives – somethings wrong!

    never heard of fparted, perhaps gparted? If you move partitions around, the system will not boot, as UUIDs change. You'll need to manually fix that in the /etc/fstab for every partition involved. Even if the fstab doesn't use UUIDs, the device names are likely to change when moving partitions around.

    Plus if the boot partition changes, grub will need to be updated - this isn't really hard, but a good understanding of linux booting is needed.

    Based on your bean count, I suspect reinstalling would be easier/better.
    Last edited by TheFu; May 12th, 2014 at 03:26 PM.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows7/Ubuntu14.04 with 2 drives – somethings wrong!

    Use Windows 7 to shrink the Windows 7 system partition and reboot so it can run its own chkdsk and make repairs for its new size. But only create partitions with gparted or installer.

    You do not need 64GB for Ubuntu. My 64GB SSD has two Ubuntu installs of 28GB and my main working 12.04 uses about 11GB including /home. But I am aggressive in moving all data including some like the hidden profiles for Firefox & Thunderbird to shared data partitions on rotating drive.

    I prefer to use gparted to create partitions in advance. With two drives I am never sure where an auto install will go or what sizes it will make partitions.

    Before doing anything make sure you have good backups.

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    Screenshots of using gparted
    http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
    Partitioning basics with some info on /data, older but still good bodhi.zazen
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...data+partition
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/images/comp...e-extended.png

    Install to external drive. Also any second drive.
    Also shows combo box with location of grub2 boot loader
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing
    And you want this screen to choose where to install the grub2 boot loader which is only available with Something Else or manual install
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...ing_Else.22.29:
    Installer version has not changed much so still a good guide except I do not recommend the separate /boot for most systems. Older systems may need it. And some with very large / (root) partitions. BIOS/MBR not for UEFI
    http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2012/07/23...2-hard-drives/


    My SSD is gpt partitioned as it does not have Windows. So partitions look a bit different.
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    Last edited by oldfred; May 12th, 2014 at 04:00 PM.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Dual boot Windows7/Ubuntu14.04 with 2 drives – somethings wrong!

    Thanks for the info, TheFu and oldfred. And, ok, gparted, not fparted....

    So, I did not touched the 128GB SSD/Windows7,
    Deleted Ubuntu OS in the 350GB HDD, removed the 350GB,
    installed a little 64GB SLC SSD, used a burned dvd to install Ubuntu and restarted.
    And got “Grub Rescue- Error: no such device, 6a97b7b..........(UUID).

    Found a “BootRepair” software (I love free software), booted, got a bunch of answers there,
    restarted, and ….... What, OMG, it works.......

    RickO 0110 0010

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