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Question: create data partition and ubuntu partition

I would like to create 2 more partitions on a ThinkPad x230t tablet: one partition for all my files and other partition to install ubuntu OS.According to Disk Management the computer already has the following partitions:SYSTEM_DRV Simple, Basic, NTFS, Healthy(System, Active, Primary Partition)Windows7_OS(C Simple, Basic, NTFS, Healthy(Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition)Lenovo_Recovery(Q Simple, Basic, NTFS, Healthy(Primary Partition)I have read that there is a limit to the number of primary partitions allowed and that partition type and placement matter.Any suggestions on how to proceed are welcome.Thanks.

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Preferred Solution: create data partition and ubuntu partition

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My Z580 came with 4 primary partitions: the Windows boot partition; Windows OS & data (C drive); a 'Lenovo' partition which seems to have drivers and pre-installed software (D drive); and an OEM partition used for one key recovery. I want to create a dual boot system, like I had on my old laptop, so I assume that I need to delete one of the existing partitions and create an extended partition. The best candidate would seem to be the 'Lenovo' partition with the drivers and apps. Can I back up the data on this partition and transfer it to the C drive...or put it on a new logical partition?Alternatively, would it be better to back up the OEM recovery partition to DVDs, then delete it and create a new extended partition? I guess that means giving up OKR, but I would still be able to recover Windows from DVD (?). I'd be grateful for anyone's help. I'm far from being an expert or computer whizz, so if you can help, please keep it simple!


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Answer:How do I create new partition for dual boot (Windows 7/Ubuntu)?

Hi Brain_Davis, You can backup the files from D: Lenovo drive, and you can get those drivers and apps from Lenovo support site too.  You can make Factory Default Discs using OneKey Recovery. That means, when you boot from the Recovery Discs, you pc will go to factory settings so ou will lose every data on the HDD. It will be like the first day you turned on your pc. I think either way you should create Factory Default discs just incase.  I hope this helps

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My computer came with one great big partition, with XP Home installed on it. For four months all my data got stored on that same partition. Then I got partition magic, and decided to make a separate partition for all my files. This turned out to be too small, after I'd transfered all my music, plus my work files to it. I then tried to repartition the drive, taking most of the spare space from the XP drive and giving it to the data drive.
Just as it started to widen the Data drive, and after shrinking the XP drive, it crashed. Now XP doesn't boot, and my data partition is corrupted too.
I've been daft and so have no backup of my data, and no partition magic back-up floppies. Is there anyway I can get the data back?

If it's any help, Ubuntu is also on the laptop, and working fine.

Answer:Partition Magic 8 has corrupted Windows partition and Data partition

Do you have the installation CD? If so, "BART PE" may be the solution. I have used it with success. Here is the link:


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Please help.
Ive bought A lenovo g580(?) with 7 pre installed. There is four partitions preinstalled on the hdd. I've understod that You can not delete any of these, in order to keep the recovery system working.
Four partitions is the Max number of such.

Is it possible to Get an extra data partition?
If not, should i store my user data on c? What if win7 crashes,then i Will loose everything on c.

On my old pc, i had A dedicated d-partition for data. This is not possible on my new pc. Or is it?


Answer:Not able to create data partition

Yes, it is possible to add a data partition.

BUT, you cannot exceed 4 primary partitions. I assume you already have 4 primary partitions.

The best choice is probably to convert your current C partition to logical. You could then shrink C and make a data partition from the space generated by shrinking.

DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT say yes to any choice involving dynamic partitions. If you attempt to make a data partition right now, without first converting to logical, you will likely be asked to accept dynamic partitions. SAY NO. Better yet, don't try to make more partitions right now.

Best thing you can do right now:

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see your current partition structure.

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I have had an Ubuntu/XP system for a while now, but yesterday it started bluescreening just after the windows logo on every attempt to boot. Also, while I can boot into Ubuntu fine, I cannot access the data partition which is pretty scary! I havent backed up in a good few weeks.

I dont have a recovery disk to run chkdsk from, what can I do?

Thank you for your time.

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how can I create a 250gb data partition on my hard drive Move my files to it and then wipe the Windows partitions and then reinstall windows so that I don't lose my files.

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My Windows 8.1 crashed after I tried playing an offline copy of Half-Life 2 on Steam. Now my windows won't even load, or if it does, it won't do anything. I am currently not even able to boot it into safe mode from the login screen. I'm at my wit's end.
Here's the deal. I actually backed up all my data on my Windows partition on an external hard drive. My question is, if I press the little "Reset" button on the side of my conputer, will it affect my Ubuntu partition? My computer is a Lenovo Ideapad P500 Touch model.
Thanks for all the help!

Answer:Does reseting the Windows 8.1 partition affect my Ubuntu partition?

Hi fox Resetting your Windows 8 will affect your Ubuntu partition. Since it was probably not part of the original configuration the manufacturer of your laptop created for that laptop, it will most likely deleted and Windows 8.1 will be reinstalled on it. Resetting a computer under Windows 8.1 pretty much delete everything on it, re-format the hard drive correctly and reinstall Windows using the manufacturer system image on the DVD or partition included with the laptop/computer. If you want to read more about the Reset process, you can read the HowToGeek article below:

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I have an Acer Aspire 3680, and I noticed that my wifi is really bad on my Vista partition (I can barely move spots without disconnecting or slowing down) But my ubuntu partition wifi is perfect. I can move around freely and hardly ever disconnect. The Atheros drivers are installed correctly, I believe. So I don't know what the problem could be,.

Answer:Bad Wifi on Vista partition, but excellent on Ubuntu partition?

Do you have the latest wireless driver from Acer's web site?

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In the past, it seemed sensible to create a separate F: partition to hold my data away from the operating system on the C: partition. The advantage was that malware is less likely to cross into the data partition. Also it becomes possible to backup and restore each partition separately. A good solution to a malware incident might be simply to restore a previous version of the operating system without touching the data partition.
I have redirected the following folders to the F: drive: desktop, documents, downloads, music, pictures, videos.
This has worked reasonably well except that some software installer programs refuse to work from the F: partition and need to be run from the C: partition.
Times have changed over the last few years and I am wondering if this is still worth the trouble. Perhaps it would be easier to keep successive backups of the entire hard drive and, when necessary, restore everything at one time.
I would welcome any thoughts on this.

Answer:Create a separate F: partition to hold my data

I still use 3 partitions: One for Windows and programs, one for data files, one for my tools.Personally, I think the choice is up to you though - how you want to arrange your files and so on.

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Hi all,
I have a 500 GB hard disk which is by default frmatted in FAT32 file system. It is now around 400 GB filled up. I have some files which are more than 4GB size which are not supported in FAT32 file system. Hence I need to create a new drive with NTFS file system. But I don't want to loose the 400GB filled up data. Any solution?
Thanks in advance

Answer:How to create a new from an existing partition without loosing data

I don't know in Disk Management in XP there is an option to shrink the drive.....Disk Director by Acronis could do it.

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I have a friends laptop (a Satellite Pro) which fails to boot into Vista (even in safe mode) with a blue screen. I have tried booting off my own Vista CD to attempt a windows repair, but even that results in the same blue screen. To cut a long story short, I want to resort back to factory default, but the recovery CDs were never created.

I can access the drive contents (both the C drive and the data partition) by booting off a linux live CD. Is there any way I can copy the files oft the data partition, and create a recovery CD/DVD using these file?

Many thanks

Answer:Can I create recovery CD from data partition manually?

> Is there any way I can copy the files oft the data partition, and create a recovery CD/DVD using these file?
No. You cannot do this. What you can do now is to order original recovery disc from Toshiba.
Sorry but there is nothing you can do about it.

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I have my Windows format disc and I want to create another partition with it. I tried to create one, but it said something like "You have no more space to create another partition because you used up all your space on your Windows primary partition". See, when I reformatted my computer a while back I just created 1 partition for Windows and applied all the space onto that partition.

I was wondering if there is a way I could remove some space off of my Windows primary partition and create another partition with the space I removed. I want to do this so I can put general things in my other partition such as documents, music, etc. and just leave the other partition for Windows and programs. This way, my computer will possibly run faster, etc.

Could someone tell me how to do this?

Answer:I want to create a secondary partition, but I added all space on primary partition

You didn't mention what operating system you have.. that could make a difference... Vista has made it a little easier to do.
I'll assume you have XP.

1.) First defrag your drive.

2.) Then back up everything, because partition changes can easily wipe out your whole drive.

3.) Then, use a program such as Parted Magic, Partition Logic, or Partion Magic to change your partition sizes.
I'm not sure this will help you that much that it's worth doing, but good luck with it.

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I bought a fairly new eMachines E528-2325 from a friend. before buying he decided to use DBAN 2.2.6 to wipe Windows 7 and install Ubuntu 11.04, after buying i requested him to reinstall Windows 7 using usb, so he again used DBAN to wipe the computer. Upon trying to install windows he got the error "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing partition." We both cannot find a fix to this problem, and we have basic knowledge on computers. Please and thanks for any help.

eMachines E528-2325
Intel Celeron 900 processor
2GB DDR3 system memory
250GB SATA hard drive
DVD/CD drive doesn't work

Answer:Setup unable to create a new partition or locate an existing partition

Hello mrvoid, welcome to Seven Forums!

Boot the Windows 7 installer and do at least a clean to start and a clean all would be best; have a look at the information below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

To start fresh with a clean installation or clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, it may be best to over-write the Master Boot Record of any possible corruption and then use the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) for installation, have a look at the "#6 clean" option of Method One in this first tutorial linked below. Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you want to completely wipe, over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible malware infection and / or to get the best possible space to do the install to or just for security purposes, have a look at these tutorials. SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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I would like to create a bootable partition from an existing Win 7 partition. I have two partitions bootable now. Both Win 7- one with dragon dictate and various software I am trying out (on a 1.5 TB drive) and the other is my regular boot partition on an SSD with the system reserved partition.

I would like to create an exact image of the regular SSD boot partition on the 1.5 TB drive with the existing win7 dragon partition (and other data drives) to do an upgrade to win 8 (avoiding reinstall of lots of additional software).

I have read lots of threads on related topics but haven't seen one that can help with this problem.

I have tried acronis DD 2011 copying the partition but it isn't bootable and easyBCD adds it but it always defaults to the dragon partition when selecting it from the boot menu.

I do have acronis 2011, 2012, and 2013 plus versions as well as 2011 disk director.
Also just downloaded partition wizard but thought I might try a question first. If there is a thread I missed that has the solution, please point me there.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:create dual boot partition from exisiting W7 partition on existing HDD

After re-imaging the partition to HD choosing Auto drive letter selection, Active partition and include MBR and Track0, unplug all other HDs, set target HDD first HD to boot in BIOS (after DVD drive), confirm partition is still marked Active then run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts with the System Active flags onboard.

If you are including the 100mb System Reserved partition then all of these things should be done choosing it, so that it remains bootable and starts Win7. Otherwise the steps applied to C will cut out the 100mb System Reserved as boot partition.

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I am getting this error while installing windows 7 again!
My earlier win 7 got corrupted and i am trying to reinstall it.
I am using USB drive.
I have tried re-inserting pen drive and diskpart method to set the location of the partition.but both solutions are useless!
What can be the reason and what should i do?

Answer:Unable to create a new system partition or locate an existin partition

The problem is all your partitions are Logical.
The bootloader needs to be installed in a Primary partition.

You can delete Partition 4 so it becomes Unallocated space.
Then Windows should be able to create a system partition and install.
Installing in Unallocated space Windows will create 2 partitions, a System Reserved partition for the bootloader and a C partition for Windows.

Or, you could delete Partition 4 and create a new Primary partition.
If you install Windows into that Primary partition the bootloader and Windows will be in the C partition.
You won't have a System Reserved partition.

I like having Windows as the first partition, before any data partitions, but that would be more work if you want to move partitions around before installing Windows.

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Good day, afternoon, night.
As the title explains I was trying to create a new primary partition in my Hard Disk Samsung HM500JI that I use as External Disk with an Acteck Enclosure USB 2.0 and with DISKPART I selected the Small Partition recently created and used the command "clean" (thinking that, that command would clean the partition and not the entire disk , and then I used "create partition primary" until I got advised that the entire disk was cleaned.

I found this thread and I think it could help me a lot with my problem but due all the programs are very powerful tools I don't want to delete my data

I had not put anything on the disk I just ran the Quick Scan and Deeper Scan from TestDisk with no lucky of recovery (I didn't take any SS of those scans). Now finished the Quick Scan of Partition Recovery in Partition Wizard with no lucky of any useful partition, just the last partition I did.

I will do the full scan of Partition Wizard and I will put the SS here.

It was only "Clean" command and "Create Partition Primary". Not "Clean All", so If the PW doesn't works I think the only tool that could help me is DMDE.

Recover data from a diskpart > clean command

And this ^ thread contains a lot of info from I take recently and I haven't made any other modify in the Hard disk since the DiskPart.
Hope all the info helps to help me and sorry about my English I'm from Mexico.

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Answer:HDD Data lost, Diskpart Clean and Create Partition Primary Commands

Hi alexalget,

I am still trying to reconstruct what you have done leading to this problem. Please answer each question point by point for my understanding.

1. You had put a 500GB HDD into an external casing. When you put it in the very first time, was that HDD a new one or it already had data in it?

2.Have you been using this setup, reading and writing into the drive since the time you put that 500GB drive in it, without changing the disk structure? In other words did you wipe / format it and started with a clean 500GB HDD inside?

3. If you were already using the drive, you will not be able to create a new volume unless you delete the existing volume. Did you delete the existing volume, before you created a new small volume of 8 GB?

4. Did you use Windows Disk Management to create this new 8GB volume?

5. Also post a screenshot of how your drive looks now in Windows Disk Management as well as Partition Wizard -the very first screen that appears when you launch PW.

( I know you had read the other thread by lonewolf, where Anshad Edavana had done an excellent work reconstructing the MBR, partition table and the NTFS boot sector. But your case is different - you seem to have done multiple operations rather than just a diskpart clean as in that case - and I am not sure whether you should follow that.)

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I have a hard disk that the Disk Management diagram shows 4 partitions left to right:

110mb Healthy (OEM Partition) / 10GB Healthy Active Primary / OS (F) 136.44GB (Healthy

Primary Partition / 2.50 GB (Healthy Primary Partition)

(see screenshot)

I tried reformatting it but the reformat window would only allow the reformat of the OS partition

How do I reformat this disk to use its total 150 GB of space instead of the 136GB of storage it currently allows?

Thanks for your help

Answer:How to reformat a 4 partition disk to create 1 partition for storage

I would suggest you to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD .

For deleting all partitions of disk1 : Help on how to Delete All Partitions with partition manager - Partition Wizard?

For creating a new partition there : Create Partition help of partition software - Partition Wizard.

(all the links contains a video guide , at the bottom of the pages content. )

Alternatively, using disk management :

you can delete all the partitions : Partition or Volume - Delete

And create a new one : Partition or Volume - Create New

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Hey there guys. Can you please help me solved this problem. sorry for my bad english.

I'm using Compaq Presario CQ40-627TU

My Laptop Spec

Intel Dual Core Processor T4400 (2.2GHz, 80Mhz FSB,1 MB L2 Cache)

- 2048MB 800MHz DDR2 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive
- 14.1' TFT WXGA High-Definition widescreen LCD panel with brightview

and i'm using windows 7 Ultimate on boot system partition C, dual boot with linux mint. which mean i got four partition. one for linux mint. one for its swap space. one for windows 7. one for my data storage (movies,drivers,mp3,picture and etc).

last few days i try to resize my C partition (120gb) to make it smaller to gain some unallocated spaces and resize the D partition because my D (almost 100gb) (ntfs/primary/data storage) almost full. i use easeus partition master v5.01.

After done resizing and restart i can't see any D partition. so i was worried that my data will disappeared. i try to look for it but there is no Drive D even on the easeus or diskpart. the only drive appears was C Drive.

i remove my Linux Mint and its swap (60gb) and thinking that i could get some more free space and do some cmd prompt windows 7 repair fixmbr thing to remove the grub. then i use partition recovery to transfer those missing data from partition D to C Drive. (appears as unformatted)

i try to use partition wizard home to resize it back to 300gb. and it works. but i cant make a partition. it will disappear just like tha... Read more

Answer:Missing Partition and Unallocated Space (Can't Create New Partition)

Are you still trying to recovery your deleted partition or data? The tool for this is Paragon Rescue CD. Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

The tool to use for cleaning HD then partitioning is free Partition Wizard bootable CD. Back up your files, Boot CD, select 1 for screen res, on Disk tab choose Wipe Disk and apply zeroes to HD to wipe the GRUB which will interfere with Win7 install.

Then use PW CD to Create new partitions, Primary for OS and Logical for Data. Install Linux last following this tutorial to Dual Boot with Windows: Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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I have a main partition where my OS resides that is on a 500mb C: dirive. I want to shrink it to 100mb and free the remainder so that I can create a second partition that I will use only for data. I have a 500mb D: drive that is pretty full. I don't want to use the C: drive for data because if I do an image back up it takes too long and if I have peroblems with the operating system I don't want to loose my data. I was also think of installing a second OS on the new partition and make it bootable. I used MiniTools for the first time and it allowed me to shrink the main partition down but when I tried to make the new partiotion in the free space it came back with and error that said I already had four MBR and could not create a new one. The solution to this is to change one of my existing partitions to a logical drive first. Since I don't know what this means and didn't want to risk it I left everythig as it was and decided to ask for help.

I don't know if this is the right fourm for this if its not please let me know.

I'm including a snapshot of what MiniTool shows about my partitions.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 4086 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 230M , 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 461130 MB, Free - 396849 MB; D: Total - 476937 MB, Free -... Read more

Answer:Solved: Shrink existing partition and create a second partition

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I have a Hp Pavillion dm4 laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 and now want to install Windows 7 64 bit and make the laprop dual booted. I burnt the Windows installation iso file onto a pen drive and booted from it. It runs till the dialog box "where do you want to install Windows", It shows the following partitions on my Hard Drive.

I am also attaching a screenshot of output of GParted from my Ubuntu. It shows 50.5 GB as unknwon file system, and thus I would like to install Windows 7 on to this partition.

I guess in the windows 7 installation setup, it shows 50.5 GB as System partition and that is the same partition that is pointed to by Gparted.

However, when I click on "Next" when trying to install Windows it says

Setup was unable to create a new partition or locate an existing system partition. See the Setup log files for more information.

I have no idea why this error is being thrown. Could someone please help me out?

Answer:Installing Windows after Ubuntu "Setup was unable to create a new system partition"

Hi, see if the post here on installing helps dual boot - How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu? - Ask Ubuntu scroll down a bit on the page.

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I want to create a third Partition using Vista's new Partition program.

I have 222 GB space on C:Local disk and 10.4 GB space on D:Recovery
I am currently using about 70 GB (programs & files) on the C:
which leaves 151 GB Free space.

I would like to move all my programs and picture/music/word files over to a new partition, but I'm not sure what size the new partition should be.

Are there any standard procedures (other than backing every file up) that I should follow, as far as partitioning goes?

Do I have to extend or rename anything already existing? Or do I just create a new "simple partition" with that program that comes with Vista?

I sure appreciate any help and precautions you can throw my way.


Answer:I want to create a third Partition using Vista's new Partition program.

sorry im no good at typeing drop me a line on skype at darklionb or gtalk at [email protected]

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Does converting a logical drive to a primary partition cause the loss of data? I want to dual-boot xp and vista, and it appears when i created additional partitions i made it a logical drive rather than a Primary partition. I have data on here that I cannot lose, so would like to know, thanks!

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I have a Y510 and it has a very small C partition and a large D partition.   I would like to have either one C partition for the entire drive or a way to alter the Partition sizes.  I would also like to be able to do this without having to reload the entire system programs and data. Thanks, and best regards, Gary

Retired from Lenovo

Answer:Convert Y510 C / D partition to one partition keeping programs / data

Hi Gary,I had the same problem. I solved it by buying the Paragon Partition manager software (about $40), then I changed the partitions(I added space to the C partition so that it would not become full with updates of windows etc).  I did not have to reload any programs and did not  lose any data. This program lets you change the boundaries of the partitions.  There is a thread on this board about this subject and if you need help, go there and ask your questions. Don

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I recently cloned my HDD to a new SSD and that seemed to go okay. The original HHD had 2 partitions named Miscellaneous 1 and Miscellaneous 2. I honestly do not know where those 2 partitions came from. I guess I could have created them some years ago, but I just do not remember. As you would expect after the cloning I had those same 2 partitions on my new SSD. When I check partition properties they both show up with about 100 MB used space and 39 GB of free space. I want to clean up that drive (as well as my new drive) so I deleted them on the HDD using Disk Management. For some reason when I did that it also deleted 2 partitions that had data and pictures in them. That was okay since I have that information on the new drive, but I would like to get rid of the 2 Miscellaneous partitions on the SSD, but am afraid to do so. When I run Disk Management it does not show the missing files on the HDD (as I would expect) and does show them on the SSD (again as I would expect).

I learned about Partition Wizard Mini-tool from this forum. I ran the Partition Recovery Wizard and it shows the 2 miscellaneous and 2 data files as lost/deleted on the SSD. I have attached screen shots that hopefully will help to explain what I am trying to describe. Any comments or suggestions about what may have happened and what I need to do will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

Answer:Deleting an empty partition also deletes a partition with data.

One other thing I forgot to mention in my original post is I tried to run the Partition Recovery Wizard and it always tells me that at least one partition will be deleted. I don't understand that and it scared me away.

This is my first post here. Why do all the other post thread titles appear in bold and mine does not?

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Hi there I?m after a little help.

Yesterday I installed a program called partition magic. The install went without any errors or problems but then when I start the program for the 1st time I got a blue screen and my laptop shut down. I restarted the laptop and uninstalled partition magic but now I noticed that the data partition is missing. I?ve tried doing a restore back to before I installed partition magic but that does not help.

Any help would be great. Thanks


Answer:Re: Missing data partition after installation of partition magic

Hi Lee,

May I ask you why you have installed partition magic? Installation of such programs is always a little bit risky and should only be done if you really want to change some partitions or something else.

Have you already checked disk management of Windows? Navigate to control panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.

Can you see the second partition and is it maybe hidden or something else?

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Hi Folks, I have contrived to get two active partitions on my PC! After a 2 week old hard drive (D: & F -) died I replaced (now F & G) it with an old drive that had previously been configured with XP and as a boot drive. I don’t think it is acting as boot as drive C: has an active partition and boot and largely the computer runs fine with the exception of G not being search / index able? And there being a phantom path in the backup which I can’t reset. So the question!
How do I remove the active setting on G: (it holds all the variable windows data) and will it lose all the data?
Im at that point where a little knowledge is dangerous and have seen some genius replies so thought I would ask and see if you could help me out.

See attached screen shot

NB The old drive partitions were formatted before being repopulated

Answer:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

First, open an elevated command prompt in Windows:-

1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
Hope that helps!

EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
Exit (to exit Diskpart)


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I have a 60 GB partition for W7 system and a data partition. I would like to have the Users files and all non systems stuff go directly to the Data partition. I have done it on other systems but can't figure it out on W7. I had found in a search how to do this a while back but can't find it now. I would appreciate it if someone pointed out a link on how to accomplish this.

Answer:Storing data in other partition other than system partition in windows 7

Is this what you are looking for?


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Hello, I was really hoping somebody could help us. It's a bit of a strange situation we're in but I'll try to keep the facts as concise as possible.

Computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 1TB Hard Drive.

Yesterday my boyfriend discovered an 'extra' partition on his computer. He'd never seen it before and was very much enthused at having the extra space to store files etc, but sadly didn't question what, how or why this showed up randomly.

Skip to today... he went to access some of the files he put on the mystery drive, but discovered the whole thing wasn't there anymore. Cue a lot of swearing, trying to figure out what happened. We've collectively been trying to find out what might have happened for the entire day and haven't got too far.

The only idea I've struck upon is that maybe for some reason the System Reserved partition became visible and/or active for a short period of time - eg. enough time for him to start loading files into that area, but then hidden itself again? Is this even a possible or plausible idea?

If this is the case, how the heck do we get the partition to show up again and access the 'lost' data... the partition obviously isn't showing up anymore and for the life of us, we can't get it to show up using partition recovery tools either >_<

Sorry for sounding totally 'noobish' - any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be really great.

~ BitBat

Answer:Mystery Partition - Accidentally Put Data on System Partition??

Post a screenshot of the disk management Windows, using built in Snipping Tool.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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I've been thinking about this. With the advent of so many backup software products as well as the built-in System Image/Backup in Win7, do we really need to go through all the trouble to have separate partitions for OS and data?

Sure, if you have a 100's of gigabytes of music or video or pictures, then it might make sense to move that off the OS partition otherwise your OS image will take forever (and the associated disk storage).

Look at it this way. If you have a ton of data, dragging 25G of OS stuff along with that data backup/image is no biggie.

Answer:are the days of separating OS partition and data partition over?

I don't see a reason or a point to "not" being past this. Why would you want your data mixed in with your OS...especially now when you can quickly redirect Libraries?

You don't need to go through any trouble to separate them. In fact, in the event of a reimage or reinstall, all you have to do is disconnect your data drive.

Why have that data included in your image, when it makes much more practical sense to have it backed up separate? I take a clean image when I reinstall, and then that's it for imaging. Afterwards, only my data is backed up. I can do a complete clean install from scratch in under 2's my data that's important.

You can also look at it in terms of malware. If the C drive is infected, my data is separate. That's less chance of my data becoming infected, and much easy to reinstall/reimage/recover/ etc.

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I just lost a partition. It changed, something happened I cannot access my hard drive now.

I have used R-Studio data recovery in past and it has worked well for me. I was just wondering what other people out there think is the best data recovery software for a lost or changed partition?


Answer:Best data recovery partition for a partition loss?

Maxtor External HDD Unallocated?

I answered this question here.


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Sorry to post so frequently on so many issues, but I sadly have the occasion to do a lot of computer-related maintenance with my systems as of late...Anyway, what I plan to do is this: I have an external HDD (a desktop HDD in an enclosure) that I have cleared out enough room for about a 50 gig partition. I want to give this a partition in order that I might copy all my files from my PS3 onto the Fat32 partition I will create (it is required to be Fat32). I have two concerns, though:1. Will making a new partition in a new file system cause any loss of data on the areas not so partitioned? That is, obviously the partition area itself will be reformatted, but will the -rest- of the disk be reformatted, too? Or am I safe to go ahead? 2. Can I partition an external HDD? I run Vista on the computer which the HDD will be connected to.

Answer:HDD Partition to Fat32 - Erases Everything or only Partition Data?

Always back up your data before doing any partition editing/formatting. Quote1. Will making a new partition in a new file system cause any loss of data on the areas not so partitioned? That is, obviously the partition area itself will be reformatted, but will the -rest- of the disk be reformatted, too? Or am I safe to go ahead?You can create a new partition in the unpartitioned space and the other partitions will not be effected by it. The data on the other partitions will be the same. You can format just the one partition leaving the others unaffected. Quote2. Can I partition an external HDD?Yes. Usually external hard drives are just one big partition. Does yours have unpartitioned space or do you plan on shrinking the existing volume in order to make room for your new partition? Also, what software are you planning on using to perform these operations? Windows Disk Management?

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I just lost a partition. It changed, something happened I cannot access my hard drive now.

I have used R-Studio data recovery in past and it has worked well for me. I was just wondering what other people out there think is the best data recovery software for a lost or changed partition?


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Hi, My Computer has 2 drives (C:\ and D:\), i merged all hidden partitions into C:\ (content Windows) partition, so i cannot boot to windows now.  I use another computer to check the HDD, and i see my HDD now has 2 partitions :         -  C:\ Partition (marked as OEM Partition)          -  D:\ Partition (Active Partition) If i have to format all partitions to solve this problem, how can i access to OEM Partition to backup my data to external HDD ? Please help me.

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I have shrunk my DATA partition to increase the size of my Vista (C:) partition, but i cannot extend C: (as far i understand) as it is more that one partition to the right.

I can reformat the free space and have another partition but i would rather extend C:
Is there a way of doing this?

Also i have written my recovery discs but does the DATA partition still need to be there? Also if you do delete the DATA partition and you remake it?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Cannot extend the C partition after shrinking the DATA Partition


The problem is that your Data partition was created after the C partition.

If you shrink a partition, the free space will appear after the shrunken partition and therefore you cannot add this free space to the other C partition which is placed behind the Data (D) partition.

The only one way to extend the C partition is to delete the D partition and then to add this free space to the C partition but I would not recommend deleting the DATA partition because there is an recovery folder which is needed to create the Toshiba Recovery DVD

But if you have already created a Toshiba Recovery DVD then the removing of DATA partition is not a serious problem because the Toshiba Recovery disk would format the whole HDD and would create the 3 partitions again (WinRE hidden partition, C system partition, DATA partition).

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Trying to use partition magic 8, but no matter which drive I select, it will not let me create a partition.

Windows XP Home Edition
Pentium III

Need any more information just ask. Thanks!

Answer:Cannot create a partition with partition magic

i also have this problem which i would love to have some more info about, I tried to create a partition in XP and it will not let me, should I have 2 HD's set up before i partition one?

I understand the fact that I can not partition the drive I am using without a 3rd party utility. correct?

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I want to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview, and create another partition, but I already have four partitions. I have tried partitioning my primary partition, but this does not work as there is a maximum amount of partitions?

One of the partitions I have is a logical partition, but I think it is a default for the Lenovo Recovery OS. Please could someone tell me how to create a partition to install Windows 8?

I have attached a screenshot of how my hard drive is partitioned, to help explanation.

Thank you very much if you help me on this

Answer:I cannot create a Windows 8 partition as I already have four partition

Hello Eddy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You should be able to shrink say the C: drive for how much you want to use for Windows 8, then use the tutorial below to create a logical partition from the unallocated from C: to use to install Windows 8 onto instead.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,

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I insalled Ubuntu along side windows 7 , and then i removed it using the command prompt by typing the two commands ( i used windwos 7 DVD installtion disk)
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec fixmbr
and now when my computer starts it boots to windows 7...but when i try to delete the partition that contains the Ubuntu , it does not work, i use the disk management tools from windows, I've tried many times but every time i get the same message ...
is there any way to delete this partition from w7 or do i need to have third part software..

Answer:Can not delete Ubuntu partition after uninstalling Ubuntu

and what is the message ???

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Hello guys,'ve looked for everything that google and not found my solution.

Is giving the following error when trying to install windows 7 in HD:
"setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"

I've tried to do some procedures, but also can not create partition, do not know what else to do.

I've tried also to give a "clean" and nothing also, can someone help me?


Answer:Setup was unable to create a new system partition - I can not create p

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
Hard Drive Diagnostic Procedure

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I have a 250GB drive which I had split into two partitions (F and G). One partition had almost run out of space so I was going to reduce the size of the other and give the free space to this partition.

I set everything up and left it to run, but it was taking longer than I expected and I needed to leave so I cancelled the operation. The size of the G: partition has been reduced and the drive now has 20GB of unallocated space which I was going to give to the F: partition, but it won't let me do this. Whenever I try to do it it simply says an error has occurred. I can't remember the exact message since I don't have access to the computer right now, but I remember the error code being #508.

Also, the G: partition no longer appears in my computer, but I can still browse the drive using the inbuilt browser in Partition Magic.

Since they put a Cancel button on the operation screen I assumed it would be safe to cancel the operation, in that it would undo any changes that had already been made, but apparently it just stops what it's doing and doesn't let you continue from where you stopped. I realise now that I made a mistake, but is there any way to recover the partition (so that I can access it through My Computer as I usually can) and to finish reallocating the unused space on the drive?


Answer:Cancelled during partition resize, partition has disappeared. (Using Partition Magic)

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I have a 250GB drive which I had split into two partitions (F and G). One partition had almost run out of space so I was going to reduce the size of the other and give the free space to this partition.

I set everything up and left it to run, but it was taking longer than I expected and I needed to leave so I cancelled the operation. The size of the G: partition has been reduced and the drive now has 20GB of unallocated space which I was going to give to the F: partition, but it won't let me do this. Whenever I try to do it it simply says an error has occurred. I can't remember the exact message since I don't have access to the computer right now, but I remember the error code being #508.

Also, the G: partition no longer appears in my computer, but I can still browse the drive using the inbuilt browser in Partition Magic.

Since they put a Cancel button on the operation screen I assumed it would be safe to cancel the operation, in that it would undo any changes that had already been made, but apparently it just stops what it's doing and doesn't let you continue from where you stopped. I realise now that I made a mistake, but is there any way to recover the partition (so that I can access it through My Computer as I usually can) and to finish reallocating the unused space on the drive?


Answer:Cancelled during partition resize, partition has disappeared. (Using Partition Magic)

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I created a 50GB partition for Linux Ubuntu and other files and was advised not to designate the partition as dynamic. My question now is, since the partition does not have a letter designation how do i download and install Ubuntu to that partition?

I've been at this for two days now. PLEASE HELP!

Answer:Partition for Ubuntu

Hello mate.

Before we make any specific recommendations will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map with a full description as to which drive/partition is which, so we can see what you have going on as there may be a fairly simple way to resolve the situation.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a maximized snip of that.

How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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I've installed XP and W7 about three times today and once yesterday. I just can't get them to sync.

What I am attempting to do is create a triple partition on a single Seagate Barracude 750 GB HD by first installing XP Pro x86, then W7 Pro x64, and finally Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Previously, I had a W7 and Ubuntu dual partition with XP running on W7's XP Virtual Mode. I had no problem with that configuration except for the fact that I needed to use XP Recovery Console for class and observed that it was impossible with XP running in Virtual Mode (because you cannot access the boot menu in VM).

Now, I have XP, W7, and Ubuntu boot discs. I installed XP on a 120 GB NTFS primary partition, and I was able to boot into it just fine. Next, I put in the W7 and installed that in a 400 GB NTFS primary partition. I was able to boot into W7 just fine, but when I attempted to boot into XP, I got a BSOD (blue screen of death).

NOTE: Based on research, I understood that you cannot (without much difficulty) install XP on a SATA HD. So, before I even installed XP, I went into the BIOS and changed the controller to IDE. It remained in the IDE setting for both the XP and W7 installation.

NOTE: After installing both OS's, I changed the controller to SATA and neither would boot. The XP remained a BSOD, and the W7 would not boot past a certain screen.

See attachment for what EasyBCD revealed for the HD configuration.

I need an excellent tutorial or something to help me get this working. I ... Read more

Answer:Triple Partition: XP Pro x86, W7 Pro x64, and Ubuntu 10.04

If you install XP in the IDE mode and you change to the AHCI mode, you'll get a blue screen when trying to boot from XP. That's because the AHCI driver needed for XP to boot wasn't installed.

You can slipstream the AHCI driver into a new XP user created installation disc. That way you can install XP and Windows 7 using the AHCI mode, I'm not sure about the procedure for Ubuntu. Someone else will weigh in on this, with some tutorials.

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I've been using ubuntu sometimes on my computer, on dual book option with windows 7, but when I decided to delete the ubuntu partition some boot problems and partitions problems came. I've already solved the boot problem but the partition problems still.

I've deleted the ubuntu partition from the widndows 7 disk manager and now I can't merge it with the C: partition again! and I can't create an another disk parition because it says that I've reached the max allowed for my HDD.

Here is a little video of my problem..

before I installed ubuntu the option "extend" on the C: context menu was available and I could merge them.. but after the install of ubuntu, and after I delete the partition y can't use that option anymore.

Extra: when I deleted the partition it took no time (about 2 or 3 seconds) so obviously all the information inside that partition still there but, on the disk manager it shows as free space.

Maybe what I have to do is format it.. but the disk manager does not allow me to do that!

Thanks for your help!

Answer:Ubuntu partition problem

You might want to try partition wizard to do that.

Partition Wizard Home Edition - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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Ok, for a while now, I've been dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04. However, now I just want to have Windows 7 and get rid of Ubuntu. How do I get rid of the partition while making sure Windows 7 will boot up normally? I know you have to go into Disk Management, delete the Ubuntu partitions and then extend the Windows 7 partition so that it takes up the entire hard drive again. After that, with the GRUB boot loader from Ubuntu gone, how do I make sure that Windows 7 will boot normally? I heard you can insert the Windows 7 Installation DVD and choose to repair your computer and then choose Startup Repair. However, could someone please confirm this? I don't want to end up doing a full install of Windows 7 again.

Answer:Deleting Ubuntu 9.04 Partition

You are going perfect. No issues in your method.

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A friend of mine has been trying to take his sony vaio laptop (ENVY)
which has Windows 7 on it,
and partition it- to add Ubuntu 11.10.
he has the Wubi installer on his HDD,
and on a disk,
as well as ubuntu 11.10 32 bit and 64 bit on disks.
Every time he tries to install Ubuntu 11.10 thru the Wubi installer
weather from either disk, or direct download
the Ubuntu OS functions properly once,
but after shutting down once
then restarting,
it freezes at the blank purple screen just before the proflie chooser screen.

any ideas?
any help?
maybe some decent instructions on a web page somewhere?

Thanx in advance,

BTW: i created this thread as opposed to replying in the similar sticky because of the newer OS versions involved. If Im incorrect in doing this i apologize. sry

Answer:partition indows 7 and Ubuntu 11.10 help?

Is Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit?

Does either disk allow boot to live session prior to install? The friend may need to alter his BIOS to "Boot From CD" to allow full use of the install of Ubuntu.

You will find help also on The Orange Forums

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hello Can you tell me what is the best way fort partionning my S10, in order to install Ubuntu. I'm affraid to loose the OKR system if I modify the windows partition or the recovery partition Thanks 

Answer:S10 partition for installing ubuntu

You can install Ubuntu as a program running under Wiondows. Its available on the Ubuntu CD 

FrankKenmore, WAUSA

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So heres the deal. I deleted the Ubuntu 10.04 partition in windows computer management/disk management. Then i shut down the computer, upon booting up i was greeted with an grub error and unable to boot into windows. I used super grub disk, now windows boots up fine now. I'm left with this now, three other partitions and a 218gb of free space. How can i allocate my free space (218gb) to my C: drive? I right click my C: drive but the extend volume is grayed out. Only the Shrink volume is selectable.

Answer:Deleted Ubuntu 10.04 partition

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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Vista Home Premium 320G HD, 4G RAM.

I had to try Ubuntu for a couple of months and will say there are some features in a Linux system that are highly desirable. However, I've played with it enough and found that the advances in Windows OS's makes it a far better choice for me. That said, I want to uninstall Ubuntu and the Partition on which it resides. Ideally, I'd like to regain that space where Vista is installed. (Screenshot of disk)

I used the GRUB installer (a nice installer) to install Ubuntu and it manages computer startups.
What the method of choice to delete a partition and regain the space on the drive where Vista is installed.

Thanks ahead of time.

Answer:Uninstall Ubuntu on its own partition

HI Markaz
This should answer your questions
How To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Windows Dual-Boot PC

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installed Ubuntu 12.04 on Vista SP2 from external drive.

Output of fdisk -l at Ubuntu terminal as follow:
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: "omitted"

Device ---Boot --- Start --- End --- Blocks--- Id--- System
/dev/sda1 --- * --- 2048--- 312578047 --- 156288000--- 7--- HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
Now I do not see windows.

I looks like Ubuntu instillation created a logical partition within the original partition.

Can Ubuntu be resized (increased) via GParted from Ubuntu or windows?

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I was trying to open a file I saved in my Ubuntu partition with Wordpad, and for my surprise, Vista couldn't find the partitioned driver.

Why does it happen? How do I fix it?


Answer:Can't see Ubuntu Partition in Vista

Its because Windows does not recognise Linux partitions. You need to save documents to a USB flash disk or some other removable drive which is formatted as FAT32 so that both systems can read/write to it.

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i have a 500 gb hdd. i have it split with more for Ubuntu. i'm getting into video editing and need to add more to my windows partition. i have unmounted all partitions and deleted swap. gparted get about 3 mins in and errors out. im using a live cd. FOR WHY?

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Hey guys, I have no idea where to post this so I decided to post it here. Sorry for being a noob.

I'm dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 8.1, no errors, both run smoothly, all's good. :3
Thing is, when I installed Ubuntu, I gave it 70 gbs of space.. And I regret it. I want it to have more.
Is there anyway I can resize Ubuntu partition safely without damaging anything in both operating systems?
If so, where do I resize it? In Win8.1 or Ubuntu?

Answer:Resizing partition for Ubuntu

This guide should help you.

How to Resize Your Ubuntu Partitions

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Hi All,
I recently installed Ubuntu by making a seperate partition on my machine, but it really isn't working right. So I repaired the windows boot launcher (using a repair disk) and I now want to completely remove linux and reclaim the partition as my own.


Thanks in advanced!

Answer:Deleting a Partition (Ubuntu)

Assuming you just have Vista on C: partition and the ubuntu partition is immediately after, you should be able to go into Control Panel => Administrative Tools => Disk Management. Delete the ubuntu partition so it shows as unallocated space. Expand C: to include all of it.

If you have an image backup program I would do that first if you are inexperienced with disk partitioning. If Disk Management gives you a hard time you can use Partition Wizard freeware boot CD instead. Disk Management should do it for you in a few minutes. It's not complicated.

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I just recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 in my new msi laptop. My goal is to hide Windows 8 partition in ubuntu and vice versa.
In ubuntu, I disabled auto mount so it is working as desired.
In windows 8 disk manager, I cannot seem to find a way to hide the ubuntu partitions.

My goal is to keep windows and ubuntu partions (in windows drives) to see each other to protect the parition from accidental damage.

Is there a way to this in windows 8 home edition?

I hope somebody here have more success than me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:Hide ubuntu partition in Windows 8

Hide partitions in windows by removing the assigned drive letter in the Disk Management Console.

How do I hide specific drives/partitions in Windows 7? - Windows 7 Help Forums

It is similar in Windows 8 - the link in post #3 points to Shawn Brinks tutorial:

Drive Letter - Add, Change, or Remove in Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

Even more protection is offered if the formatted filesystem for the Ubuntu installation is unreadable by Windows - such as ext3.

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I was trying to install Ubuntu on a separate partition on my secondary drive, but no longer need it as I got a laptop for it specifically. I deleted the volumes I had for Ubuntu "/" and "/home" but remember there is 1 GB I placed for swap and 650 MB for an EFI partition to boot. How do I remove this partition?

I'm also trying to extend the volume back and it says "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation."

My Disk 1 is my SSD with Windows and Disk 0 is essentially my HDD with programs and such.

I am trying to delete this as I don't need to use Ubuntu on this computer and want to extend the volume for my D: drive.

Answer:Deleting EFI partition I made for Ubuntu 16.04

Hi, have you tried right clicking the partition you don't want and clicking 'Delete Volume'?

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hey i need a guide to install linux program or operating system ubuntu but i want to keep xp so if i dont like it i can use xp and uninstall ubuntu

Answer:ubuntu linux install partition

Hi, have a look here click here it might help or do a google search. Ubuntu has a good site starting here click heregood luck, yaesu

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I am working on windows 7 (64 bit ) . Can i have Ubuntu installed in another partition ? I tried to install ubuntu but unable to complete the process. Is it because Ubuntu works only on 32 bit ? or the installation CD corrupted ?

Answer:Unable to install UBUNTU in a different partition

Hi Muralikrishna
Depending on the Ubuntu version it should work in 64 bits. But that woudl only make a difference if you are invoking the installation from your 64bits Win7, and I don't think that is the way you can install Ubuntu, you should boot from the install DVD
The DVD might be bad, burn it at slow speed and check that the iso file was not corrupt (check the MD5 checksum)

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Hi guys,

Its been some time since I posted here. My Windows 7 crashed a couple of days ago, and I tried to install Ubuntu over it. My hard disk partitions were as such
C: NTFS partition (size of 52GB)
D: NTFS partition (size of 100GB)

I had all the important data in D:. When I installed Ubuntu, I created the swap space and the boot partition (ext3) over the D: (I did not realize this until after I installed Ubuntu :-( ). But the Ubuntu partition is only 72GB.
One more thing, I created Linux partitions as logical partitions instead of primary partitions. I could not create another primary partition as there were already 3 primary partitions present.

My question is.. can I recover any of the data in the previous D:?

Thanks for any help you guys can give.

(btw.. I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my laptop)

Answer:Installed Ubuntu over my NTFS partition

Ok.. I guess I need to rephrase my question a bit..

Can I recover information from a NTFS partition in Linux? Is there any linux software to recover data?

Thanks. :-D

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i had deleted Linux partition of disk and made disk free space, when i restart the system i cannot reboot the the help me please

Answer:i have deleted partition of ubuntu but i cann

run a recovery cd and repair the installation.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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Now I can't boot from the harddrive at all,even after reinstallng windows.


I installed a new drive and since I need to test apps on multiple operating systems, I install several windows versions. I spend two weeks installing many windows versions, then updating and installing software on each, then before I was about to clone the drive to use on other systems, I installed ubuntu.

All was fine, I had Win 2000pro, win xp pro, 2k3 datacenter, and vista and seven in 32 and 64 bit versions, all living with ubuntu, until ubuntu asked to update from 11.04 to 11.10.

When done, the Grub2 bootloader would fail to load the win7 seven bootloader. After about 12hrs tryng to fix it, I decided to delete the ubuntu and use my windows disc to overwrite the grub bootloader. I did it successfully according to windows but it wouldn't load and nothin would boot.

I then try to reinstall Seven on the first partition, hoping it would at least boot that, and all seemed well during install, but as soon as it tried to boot from harddrive, nothin happened. I then tried to reinstall one of the WinXP versions, to let it overwrite the Seven boot loader, but the same problem, it's like something is stopping this partiton from booting. I didn't want to wipe the partition if I don'thave to, so I tried to use Gparted to resize and move it, making it partition2, and a fresh partition to instal win7 on, and hoped it would see and setup the booting of the other versions, but I couldn't e... Read more

Answer:ubuntu damaged my windows partition

All Linux code must be deleted using the CLEAN ALL command.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Type in command line

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I installed Ubuntu 14.04 a few weeks ago and I was happy about it, but I need to sell this PC and I need to install Windows in it. The problem here is that I erased the recovery partition by accident and I can't install Windows with a CD because my computer doesn't have a disk case, the model of my PC is Lenovo Yoga 11s.

I tried to make a booteable Windows 7 USB with Unetbootin, but the BIOS doesn't let me boot from the USB slot. My BIOS configuration was in Legacy Support and my USB was the priority to boot. My USB was formatted in NTFS. When I open the boot menu it take me to the Grub of Ubuntu.

I don't know what else to do... I just need to install Windows, it doesn't matter if is 7 or 8.

Answer:How do I remove Ubuntu without recovery partition, USB boo

I'd download the GPARTED .iso file [Google Search], created the disc using the burning program, booted to it and wiped the HDD then installed Windows. Since I couldn't boot to a Thumb/Flash drive I obtained an External USB Optical drive to do it. All the Netbooks I've worked with booted in such a manner, no other way to install the OS from CD or DVD.

The basic reason for wiping the HDD is that Linux [most versions] change the formatting of the HDD and Windows usually can't deal with it directly.

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Wubi [Ubuntu Installer]:


What happens when I right click on the 30GB empty partition in Disk Management:

What happens when I try to format the empty partition:

I hope you can get what is wrong with all the pictures :P

Answer:Can't install Ubuntu onto empty partition

The boot files for C are on E as shown by the System Active flags, however the status of the partition is RAW, or ruined. Will C still even boot?

You can try to move the System boot files to C using EasyBCD but they may be damaged. If so you can try the choice to Re-create/Repair them at the same time. EasyBCD (free Download at bottom of page - no name or email required)

I would then try to Delete the partition or do a partition-specific wipe using free Partition Wizard - Use the Bootable CD - Option Two.

The cleanest method is here to Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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Im using dell inspiron 1564.this is a dual boot system-(windows7 & ubuntu). Recently my system got affected by viruses. Even-though i have a working antivirus I get frequent pop-ups saying "threat detected". I'm tired with deleting those viruses. so decided to restore system from OEM partition to get rid of all those viruses. before installing ubuntu I had a single partition (c:\), then i made it into two partitions one for ubuntu clean install. now if I restore my system to factory settings from OEM of windows7 will the partition of ubuntu get formatted or deleted? I need help please. Thanks in advance for any kind help....

Answer:will the partition of ubuntu get formatted or deleted?

Are you sure the pop-up is from your AV or the Win7 Firewall and not a fake AV trojan which you clicked on from a pop-up which has now infected your System. If so you'd want to run Combofix to repair infection. There are other steps in posts 9 and 11 here which can overcome this type of infection: Fake AV infection - files hidden?

Normally Dell DataSafe Recovery will restore the HD back to factory condition when it is run, unless it offers to direct the restore to a named partition. Dell Restoring Your Computer?s Software to the Factory Settings

A better option for you might be to do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 while deleting the Win7 partition to recreate and format it during install. Everything you need is in the blue link.

Then follow Barman's procedure here to set up the Dual Boot so that GRUB can't corrupt Win7 as it can do otherwise when on the same HD: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7

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My partition for ubuntu got deleted, and when i did that, the error "no such partition" came up. I am unable to boot from ANYTHING, which includes cd, usb, floppy, etc. I also cant type any commands at the post screen. i know this has to do with the MBR, but is there anything i can do?Puppy linux does not work either.

Answer:ubuntu and xp error: no such partition, grub

Partitions don't just "get deleted". There are steps that have to be taken for that to happen. How about explaining what you did & why?

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first of all been awhile since I last posted here.
I recently tried to remove ubuntu from my computer and got the grub rescue screen.
tried redoing the computer from recovery partition this didn't work
tried reinstalling Ubuntu didn't work still grub rescue
changed some settings and now i get grub to come up
has the options for ubuntu and the windows recovery environment
when trying to go to windows recovery grub just restarts
I searched and found many kind of like issues but most were solved with a windows 7 disk. I found disk that I had from a college upgrade program, and nothing worked for me.
from the repair computer option selecting console i tried:
as well as the steps in this article:
called sony about the issue all they said they could do is send out the disk for $55 plus tax and shipping.
any help would be appreciated and thanks in advanced.

Answer:removed Ubuntu can't get into recovery partition

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hello, i want to install linux, ubuntu. My laptop came with vista pre-installed and i wanted to create a partition so i can install it. (from live CD). I've got a rough idea of how to do it but i want to be sure, because i know if i do something wrong, it could seriously mess things up. thankyou :) dopeman1992

Answer:install ubuntu, make partition (how to)

why not just install a virtual pc and run ubuntu in that? click here

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I have gone experimental yesterday and installed ubuntu along side windows.But later realised that a bad idea and deleted the linux partition.Now I can be able boot into windows and everything is fine except my personal files partition d: drive just went missing from explorer......:-( but I can see 500 gb of free space in the disk management window....I have got 2 questions 1) are all my files are deleted?
2) how can I recover the partitions?

my hard disk is samsung ata 1tb has 3 partitions c: f: and 100 of os space and 500 gb of free space( it cannot be allocated to any partition)

Answer:partition went missing after ubuntu uninstall!

Are you certain grub has been completely removed?
It can sometimes cause problems like this.
Once you verify grub is removed then you can attempt a normal windows startup repair to try and save your install.
Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7

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I wanted to test drive Ubuntu and install it TOGETHER with my Windows Vista. However, the Ubuntu installing failed and somehow corrupted and can't continue the installation. So right this moment, I'm still on "test drive" mode in Ubuntu that is running on a CD drive. Apparently it erased all my hard drive because I can't boot into Windows (won't load at all) and the F11 recovery partition would not load either. This computer did not come with a recovery disk (I have the HP m8000n) and it's refurbished I just realised that these computers have these stickers that contain the product key.

Since I do have the product key on the side of my comp, would it be possible for me to attain a copy of Windows Vista Home Edition CD from my friend and use my product key? I happen to have an OEM machine... so would that affect it as well?

Someone suggested i get the recovery kit from HP but dont these disks need thesystem recovery drive partition to work? So i guess that isnt an option.

Thanks for the help, i appreciate all the help i recieve!

Answer:Ubuntu erased OS and partition drive

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Hi All,

I run a small computer repair business on the side and have been exploring my options in smarter tech. I really do alot of format/reinstalls often and really want to start making images of the these computers hdds every-time I do this so the next time the customer comes along I can just back up there data and image the hard drive.. I currently just install right over the hdd but I want to start creating 2 partitions out these drives I usually do the format/reinstalls on .. one partitions 10-30GB for the OS/programs and the rest of the drive for data. Then use clonezilla to make an image of the OS partition. By partitioning the drives it will be easier to store such a small image... Thing is I'm not to familiar with redirecting windows my documents folders to another partition. Also how should I go about this.. just create two ntfs partitions? span the drive? idk.. please.. tell me what you guys/gals would do or are already doing..

thanks, Buff3r

Answer:OS partition plus Data partition Help


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Hi all,

I've been working on a Dell server (not sure of the model, but can get it tomorrow) that has Windows Server 2008 and a 500 GB hard drive, split into two partitions, giving us a C: and D: drive.

Recently, somebody from the office used Partition Magic (not sure of the version) to resize the partitions. I think they're roughly split up 150 for C: and 300-ish for D:.

Anyway, the resizing appeared to go well, but every couple of weeks, the D: partition completely disappears from Windows! Computer Management shows it as unallocated space, I believe.

Fortunately, I'm able to easily restore the partition using a bootable Paragon Rescue Kit CD. It quickly scans and finds the "lost" partition, and it restores it in no time. I've done this a couple of times now over the past few months.

The question, of course, is WHY is the partition dropping out... or how to prevent it from dropping out in the first place.

The thing I find really odd is that it will drop out while the server is running -- meaning, it will just disappear at a seemingly random time, and nobody will notice until they try to access data that was on that partition.

Any suggestions on what I can check or what the solution might be? It's really confusing! It's nice to know how to restore the partition, but obviously it's still a hassle to have to do that. It'd be much nicer if the partition wouldn't go in the first place.


Answer:After resizing partition with Partition Magic, D: partition keeps disappearing!

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Hello! So I just got a 3 tb hard drive added to my system with a SSD as main boot. I just want it to be storage, then I'm going to share it via LAN. So I formatted it with FAT to make sure it loads when I share it over LAN with my windows 7 pc. I formatted it then moved all my data over but now it's saying capacity is 801 gigs rather than the 3 TB. I am planning on just reformatting it to see if that fixes it.
Should I just use NTFS or Ext4? When I was moving some videos it gave me an error so I wondered if the FAT might be causing some of those.
I'm just hoping that the formatting will fix the different size issue. It says its 3 tb in one program and then the 801 gigs in another.
I've also been having trouble with my flash drives being resized similar to this. Could this be a related issue?
Thanks in advance!

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I have a T61 and had a problem with trying to reinstall the OS (Vista) from the recovery partition. Lenovo was nice enough to send me "Recovery CDs." However, while I was waiting for them, I needed to use my computer so I made a partition and loaded Ubuntu. The problem is that it looks like if I use the Recovery Disks, I will be forced to wipe out the partition that has Ubuntu on it. I spent a lot of time installing Ubuntu and I like some of its features and I don't want to loose it. I would like to set up a duel boot on my machine but I don't know if its possible with out installing Vista and loosing everything that I've done, then partitioning again and reinstalling Linux. Question: Does anyone know if I can save my partition and at the same time recover Vista with the CDs on only the other partition? Any help would be on this would be great. Thanks. Elias

Answer:Recovery Disk reinstall with Ubuntu partition

Did you find a solution to this? I'm contemplating just making a backup image of Ubuntu and restoring that to a new partition.

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Installed ubuntu and decided I didnt like it so I deleted the partition now when I boot I boot I get this: error: no such partition. grub rescue>. What do I need to do so I can boot back to windows without a disk? I can boot to windows with a disk but not otherwise.

Answer:Problems booting after Ubuntu partition deletion

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

If you have not made your Startup Repair
System Repair Disc - Create
Do you have a mate with Windows 7 & CD/DVD RW Drive, how could burn one off.

We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.

How to use Toshiba Recovery.
How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

You can order Toshiba Recovery disks from here:

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So I was running Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my laptop on a 64 gb SSD and I decided that I no longer wanted to have Ubuntu taking up valuable space. I look around and it seemed like all I had to do was delete the partition that Ubuntu was taking up, which was close to 20GB. I did that, then I tried to combine the main partition and the previously ubuntu partition but it was separate volumes so I had no luck. I shut it down and when I tried to restart it, the screen is black with one line which reads, "grub recovery>" So again I've looked around but haven't found anything reliable to do. I thought this would be a good place to look. Any suggestions?

Answer:Laptop won't start up after deleting Ubuntu partition

Boot into System Recovery Options

open a Command line to mark Win7 or it's 100mb System Reserved partition (preferred) active: Partition - Mark as Active (Method Two)

Then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Win7 starts on it own and holds the System Active flags.

Then post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings and we'll help you recover the HD space into Win7: Screen Shots

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I bought HP Pavillion x360 witch comes with windows 10.

I want to do a dual boot with Ubuntu. I'm stuck at the partitioning step. Disk management gives me "not enough space to perform the operation" on shrinking.

Easeus gives me unknown error there may be some error on operating partition.

I would really appreciate your help. I suspect this might has to do with the recovery partitions. I attached a screenshot of what I get in disk management tool below.


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I need to (for recovery purposes) mount an NTFS partition so I can copy files off of it to an external drive using ubuntu.

How do I mount the drive so I can read it while running the live CD?
It says I don't have permissions to view it when i tell it to mount it...

Answer:Mount an NTFS partition on ubuntu live CD

You will find that a Knoppix live CD,or EBCD,

or the Ultimate Boot CD,or Trinity Rescue CD,

are easier to copy off files with.

If you still want to use Ubuntu,there is a page HERE

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I have a small query about this whole partitioning business. I'm trying to set up a partition so I can dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu.

My computer came with a Dell Recovery partition and an OEM partition as well as the main C: drive, which are all primaries. I've created a new logical drive, which I've called Z:, with the idea being to install the Linux OS in that chunk of the drive.

My first question: First up, I've formatted it as "exFAT" - is this the same as FAT32?

Next question: can I divide this 'Z' into smaller chunks with different formats, or do they all have to be the same format? I was hoping to be able to format a small bit of the drive into a Linux filesystem so that both OSs can be kept entirely separate from each other, but leave the bulk of it as FAT so that I can see my files with both OSs. If this is not possible, what would be the best way to achieve the desired result?

Thanks for any help.


Answer:Set up a partition to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

Hi McG, welcome to the forums.
I can't really answer your questions about Ubuntu, but I recommend you start by checking this thread at the Ubuntu forum. I would save it since you might come into those problems when trying to install Ubuntu in your disc.

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Have two hard drives, both had windows, tried to install Ubuntu on both with
same exact 'error' problem. Fdisk will remove the main partition but not the
other minor/secondary 4% of disk one.

Is there a program that will erase this unwanted partition or should I leave it
alone and hope that windows XP or even ME will install on either of these Hard Drives ?


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First post and I wish it was under better circumstances.

** I think I've put this in the wrong section. Sorry. **

I have managed to wipe my Windows partition while installing the latest release of Ubuntu (v14.04). I've had my HDD split in two with both Windows 8 (updated to 8.1 Update) and Ubuntu and dual-booted between them for over a year.

During the Ubunut install it informed me that I had a previous version of Ubuntu and would I like to wipe the partition that it occupied and install cleanly. I chose that. It also offered a chance to use free space. Now, why I accepted that I don't know but the definition of free space seems to include any other partitions on the drive and didn't warn of this either!

The upshot is that I now have a 1TB drive with no Windows on it. I've lost all my email, pics etc etc.

I tried using my rescue DVD that I created from within Windows and at 29% I am asked to insert the second disc. I don't have a second disk. I had to force my laptop to power down in order to do anything. In order to get online I ended up installing Ubuntu again and it definitely shows no Windows partition.

I've already ordered a retail copy of Windows 8.1 and I'm hoping that I can install this with no issues on what is effectively a clean drive. Am I correct in that assumption? Is there anything else I can try that might rescue it?

I have a Dell Inspiron 17r SE that is out of warranty so no support from Dell. I'm in the UK too if that helps.

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Answer:Wiped Windows partition while installing Ubuntu. Next?

try i care data recovery it has a 80% chance to recover your file i recommend stellar too but prefer i care over it

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So I was wondering what you guys would recommend and where to place them on a new file server we're building for one our offsite locations, the system will be ran in RAID 1 mirrored with dual 1TB drives and currently has 4GB of ram which should be plenty for what it will be doing, mainly acting as a central fileserver and home drive server for about 6 users.

I'm still pretty noobish as far as messing with linux and tinkering with it a few years ago, but I recall needing 3 partitions, a boot, swap, and root right? What size should I set these up as, I'm thinking 12GB for swap, 987.5 for root ext4, and the remainder 500mb or so for boot ext4. and i should put the swap at the end of the platter right? Is 500mb boot too big or small? is my swap too big? What do you guys think, appreciate your input, thanks.

Answer:Recommended Partition sizes for 1TB Ubuntu Server + 4GB of ram?

If this is a production server, then here's how I'd partition it;

12g /var/log
10g /
4g swap
2g /tmp
500g /home
5g /boot

I'd utilize LVM for these partitions so they could be more effectively managed; add space, remove space, ect...which is why I'd only be using half the space to begin with. Likely this will be enough too, but in case it isn't, you could expand /var/log or /home as the need arose.

( realistically, we wouldn't need 5g for boot, but I always over estimate )

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Hello all.

I am running Windows 8.1 on my Acer Aspire V5-571PG. Well, Windows 8.1 may be a stretch.

Months ago, I decided to switch to a dual-boot configuration of Windows 8.1 and ubuntu. To accomplish this, I switched my bootloader from UEFI to GRUB. I decided ubuntu was not for me, and rather than looking up uninstallation techniques, I simply removed the ubuntu partition and used a third-party tool to reallocate the empty space to my Windows partition (I somehow managed to create my ubuntu volume to the left of the Windows volume so that was a complete pain). Now I am stuck with a GRUB startup scheme, displayed in pictures below:
Above is the first screen. I figured out that to navigate to the next menu, I have to type "exit." After I first type "exit" and hit enter, the same screen comes up. I repeat the process and the next screen is shown:
When I select "Windows Boot Manager," I am able to successfully boot Windows 8.1.

I also checked my disk partition settings and I infer that I have also mistakenly deleted my recovery volume:

Any help and direction in repairing my disaster of a bootloader would be much appreciated!!!

Answer:deleted ubuntu partition, restoring uefi

Go into the BIOS and under Boot Options delete the Ubuntu as a boot source. Then move the Windows Boot Loader up in the boot order to boot first. This has worked for me.

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i have Ubuntu dual booted with windows 7 32 bit, i am running out of space on my hard drive and am not using the 100 gigabytes i partitioned of for Ubuntu, i was hoping that someone might know how to change the partition size as i cant find out how to do it.
Thanks very much

Answer:Change partition size of Ubuntu in Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by sholtob

i have Ubuntu dual booted with windows 7 32 bit, i am running out of space on my hard drive and am not using the 100 gigabytes i partitioned of for Ubuntu, i was hoping that someone might know how to change the partition size as i cant find out how to do it.
Thanks very much

Boot with the Ubuntu Live CD, select "Try Ubuntu", and use gparted to shrink the Ubuntu partition and extend the Windows partition. Don't use the Windows Partition Manager, or you won't be able to boot Ubuntu.

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Here's what happened...
I made a dual boot system with Ubuntu 16.04 and Windows 7 (with a GRUB boot loader) on my 1 TB HDD allocating about <100 GB (including all proper partitions) to Ubuntu and 200 GB to Windows (since I read that it's better to install the OS to a smaller partition) leaving the ~700 GB of unallocated space, thinking I could partition it later since I was busy at the time.
The system ran perfectly fine until I decided to partition all of the unallocated space using Disk Management on Windows 7 (probably not the greatest idea ever). It took some time, so I went on to do other stuff. Next time I checked, I saw an "endless" stream of command lines such as:

[     39.353475] Out of memory: Kill process 684 (systemd-udevd) score 119 or sacrifice child
[     39.353549] Killed process 684 (systemd-udevd) total-vm:520776kB, anon-rss:494072kB, file-rss:2560 kB
until a blank screen appears.
After restarting the computer, I tried booting Windows and it hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen. Trying to boot Ubuntu results in the same "Out of memory...." failure.
Safe mode with networking doesn't load either, gets stuck on "CLASSPNP.sys"
After this, I've tried connecting the HDD to an another computer with Windows 7 (since I only need the files). Strangely, whenever the HDD is connected to the other computer, the Windows 7 from the other HDD also hangs on the "Starting Windows" screen. After disconne... Read more

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Hi guys,
My name is Abdul.I recently got the hp envy dv7 and wanted to install Ubuntu on it. I was expecting a straightforward installation with Wubi. After installation it appeared in the os selection menu all right but Wouldn't boot. So I checked from the Ubuntu website and realised I had to do it differently with windows 8. I disabled some features, changed some bios settings and created a live USB as instructed.during the installation I was asked how I wanted to install it and I chose "something else", created some partitions and started the procedure. A window appeared telling me the installation was complete, but when I restarted the machine the boot menu didn't appear and windows showed that windows 8 was the only os. So I tried the installation again and this time I chose to install it alongside windows 8. Now this is where I really messed up. It automatically chose a partition, which happened to be the recovery partition and created a partition out of the 3gb I had left in it. The installation failed again because of low space. When I checked my windows the recovery now had 100kb free space and the 3gb was unallocated.
I had to specify the things that led to my situation so I could get accurate answers. My question now is, how do I get the 3gb free space back to my recovery?

Answer:Windows 8 Oem partition shrinks after attempted Ubuntu installation

if you cannot resize the recovery partition within windows 8, try easus partition master free instead. It should show all partitions and has more features that the default windows partitioning tool.

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I wonder if there's a chance I can still save my Windows 7. Here's what happened and what I am left with (laptop Toshiba Satellite C655):
1) Used EaseUS under Win to modify Windows system partition (to shrink it and make space for Ubuntu, making an extra partition formatted Ext3. Did not touch Recovery and Boot Win partitions.

2) During Ubuntu installation, I split Ext 3 partition, adding swap area. I believe might have removed "Primary" property from one of the 2 Win partitions (Boot or Recovery), but I reset it back immediately under Ubuntu install partition manager. Did not have problems booting Windows or Ubuntu after install.

3) Same steps done earlier installing Ubuntu alongside XP did not cause any problems.
This time, when I attempted to run Windows "Recovery" (recover to factory state), by pressing 0 during power-up, as it's done with this laptop--I could not do recovery this way anymore of course as Ubuntu install disables this interrupt--but I run Windows Recovery from boot manager, like I done many, many times with XP--this time however, I got unusual screens and a couple of error messages. After pressing cancel on these messages I was able to get to System Restore to Factory State option.

4) After selecting that option, system began recovery to factory state, but, after about 10 minutes displayed error message, asking to press OK to shut down laptop.

5) After shutting down and booting, got grub rescue/no such partition message. I could se... Read more

Answer:Can I still save my Windows (Ubuntu install/partition problems)?

No need for reply, I brought the dead recovery partition back to life...
Moved Win recovery partition several blocks back (have no clue how it got moved forward), run repair MBR and set it as active... it went into clean recovery on power up then.

It seems to be impossible to do factory restore of Win 7 (at least with Toshiba restore) without wiping out present Linux--it was possible with XP. Even if I specify small partition to occupy for Windows, the factory restore kills everything else and creates free space without file system where the Linux was before. So will have separate laptop for linux from now on.

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Following very carefully (I thought) an old thread on unloading Ubuntu to revert to Win XP Pro, I deleted the Ubuntu partition with Easeus Partition Mastri, then resized my XP partition to use the extra space. Then intended to boot from my Win XP CD to run 'fixmbr'. I thought from the old thread that that would fix the Master Boot Record and that I would then be up and running in Windows again.

But my computer now won't boot from the XP CD. I get 2 consecutive messages:
GRUB Loading stage 1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 22

I can still boot from the Easeus Partition Master which shows my disk like this:

Size Used Unused Status
FAT 16 47.03 Mb 39.03 M 8.0 Mb None Primary
NTFS 224.18 Gb 110.77 Gb 113.41 Gb Active Primary
Unallocated 5.84 Gb 0 Bytes 5.84 Gb None Logical
FAT 32 2.75 Gb 2.39 Gb 363.72 Mb None Primary
Unallocated 8.65 Mb 0 Bytes 8.65 Mb None Logical

I'm right out of my depth here, and would be really, really grateful for some help! What can I do now? ,

Dell Dimension 5000 3.0 Ghz
3 Gb RAM
Windows XP Pro SP3

Answer:Solved: Can't boot to Windows after wiping Ubuntu partition!

Clean your XP CD with alcohol, rubbing from the center to the outside. Let it dry and try booting again. If no joy, borrow an XP CD from a friend if possible. If the easeus CD boots, the XP should. If must be dirty or scratched.

Another way, use the XP setup floppy set from MS to boot to the RC.

Yet another way, Get a Quick Boot CD. It will substitute for your HD MBR and boot files and allow booting Windows.

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Windows 7 seems to be located in my /dev/sda1 partition. However, ever since I installed Ubuntu (not using wubi) my fully encrypted HDD/partition will not prompt me with the password but instead boots straight to ubuntu. Ubuntu does not even recognize my windows partition. More interestingly, I did a boot repair and these are the results that show:

Ubuntu Pastebin

When I use my windows 7 DVD to repair my system it doesn't even show windows 7 is installed. Does anyone know how to fix this issue? Do I need to use my encryption rescue disk? I have been trying everything and have not had much success. Thanks!

Answer:Encrypted Windows 7 partition will not boot after installing Ubuntu.

What encryption did you use? It sounds like GRUB overwrote the encrypted Windows MBR??? Im not sure it can be recovered......I would normally suggest this:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

But the encryption is the unknown might have to take some risks and experiment.

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So the other day I decided that I wanted to try dual-booting Ubuntu 10.04 on my HP Pavilion dv7-4083cl Entertainment Notebook that already had Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit installed. I shrank the main (biggest) partition by 100Gigs and then installed Ubuntu 10.04 on that 100Gigs of unallocated space. All worked fine, except when I tried to boot Windows 7 from the grub menu, it would come up to the beginning Windows 7 animation and then it would crash. So, I downloaded a Windows 7 Recovery CD and tried a few of the tools there. I did not create a system recover image prior to my troubles, so I could not recover the easy way.

After that, I tried the Startup Repair tool, which did not work. I read somewhere to try that Startup Repair tool 2 or 3 times, which I did. The third time, it seemed to freeze; it was "working" for about 6 hours, at which point I decided that it was enough and shut down the PC. That was a mistake... From that point forward, I still could not boot into Windows, but also every time I tried to boot into Ubuntu, I had to perform a disk check, which always failed! After trying that a few times, I had had enough yet again and decided to just reinstall Ubuntu. The install seemed to work fine, but once I rebooted I could not boot into Ubuntu (or Windows 7). No matter what option I select from the grub menu (or if I push F11 to go into recovery partition), it gives me an error that says "Error: No such partition" and dumps me into a grub rescu... Read more

Answer:How can I recover my lost Windows 7 partition after installing Ubuntu?

Try TestDisk Download - CGSecurity (free) and see if it can find and recover your lost partition.

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So, I was dabbling with some other OSes and somehow managed to unmount the active partition of my HD. How would I manage to 'remount' Windows partitio from Ubuntu, or any other LiveCD, if needed?


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I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my Windows 10 laptop,  I am able to boot into Ubuntu and it runs normally, but if I try boot into windows I get this message: selected boot device failed, press any key to reboot the system.
I think I messed up during the partition process, I had already installed Ubuntu but wanted a fresh install. During the install process I just selected the option to install over my current Ubuntu installation and didn't manually set any partition settings.
Please advise!

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I haven't been using Ubuntu as much as I'd like to, so about an hour I ago, I opened up Partition Magic 8, selected my Ubuntu partition, and formated it as NTFS, then, on reboot to preform the operation, it, formatted then reboot, and ?I got GRUB error 17.

I can't boot to Windows XP Home, even though when I look at the Live CD through linux, the parition is there. I've tried putting in my XP disc and doing fixmbr, but I can't boot to the CD, it'll boot to the Linux Live CD, but not XP.

On the live CD, I've used GParted to make XP the ONLY Parition, and I've even tried reinstalling Ubuntu, but I can't, I get an error when I try to resize the windows partition and use the freed space for Ubuntu.

Did I just totally nuke my harddrive? Will I have to buy a new Hard Drive?

I feel so stupid, I've used Parition Magic at work many times...guess I just forgot something.

Can anyone help me get XP back up and running?

Answer:I can't boot to Windows after formating/deleting Ubuntu Partition

Well, I've fixed it! I called up a friend and he walked me through...I still feel pretty dumb. lol

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