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Windows 7: Losing Vista, Dual boot W7 and Linux on seperate drives. Help Sought.

20 Sep 2010   #31
madtownidiot

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post



If you want to remove these 3 partitions, as the 2 extendeds are free space and the primary is only 1MB it would seem you have nothing there and you could remove them to recover the space back into the E: partition.
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again... that's where linux is installed ..windows doesn't recognize the ext file systems that linux uses and sees it as free space
if you remove those three partitions, it will erase linux, GRUB & render the system unbootable again


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20 Sep 2010   #32
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Thanks for your continuing support guys. I think you're referring to the mess at the end of Disk 2.
Disk 0 is a 500GB backup drive, Disk 1 is all Windows 7 and Disk 2 has the Linux Mint install at the front end followed by a large data partition then two Free Space Partitions at the end (20MB and 17GB)
I'll enclose a snip.
These were originally the Linux swap partition. I'm not sure how I've done this but I used GParted to create the NTFS storage partition (885GB) as Partition Wizard wouldn't let me and I seem to have ended up with these 2 and I'm not sure whether Linux swap is still in there.
What would you recommend?

Also I have another issue. When I open EasyBCD I get this (see snip) and if I carry on I find no boot entries in EasyBCD (see snip)
It suggests I manually load a BCD registry and if I click yes opens my documents.
I'm assuming this is to do with the messy GRUB which I have to go through to get to W7, but I'm unsure how to proceed.

Thanks again, John


He said above that Linux is on "Disk 2, partition 1" correct, so how could Linux be in 2 places at the same time; and doing the startup repairs are no big deal at all as W_7 on Disk 1 is already "Systen, Active"

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
Losing Vista, Dual boot W7 and Linux on seperate drives. Help Sought.-linux.jpg


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20 Sep 2010   #33
madtownidiot

 

Linux can't be installed to an ntfs partition. it will always show up as partitioned free space.
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20 Sep 2010   #34
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Linux sounds like a big PITA, I don't know why so many fool with it.





So you're saying it can't be installed to where he says it is?
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20 Sep 2010   #35
madtownidiot

 

it's where he say it is, windows just sees hdd configurations differently than linux does, just
take a look at this thread if you're wondering why people use it.. especially some of the OP's posts

Should I buy windows 7?


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20 Sep 2010   #36
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes. I think those two free space partitions are where my Linux swap is installed. Linux always has two partitions and, as MTI says Windows can't see it.
I think that one of those two empty partition are where my Swap is. One of them is probably unnecessary as the Swap partition is normally tiny. So Linux is at the front of the drive and the Swap partition is on the end. I must have messed up somewhere to make it so big and make two of them.
As you can see I've formatted the middle, large, section as NTFS so that's Windows storage.
I think MTI is right. I'm stuck with GRUB but that's no big deal as it will allow me to boot into Windows.
I was a bit worried when EasyBCD couldn't show me a boot config but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm now booting through GRUB.
I think I'll boot into Linux and see if I can clean it up from there.

As for the reason for messing with it. Well it's very attractive and very fast and pretty much impregnable. Also I can read and write to my Windows partition so, for example, I can listen to my music or movies in Linux.
It never need get any bigger because everything I do in it can be stored in Windows.
Most of all I can get online with it if I mess up my Windows install. This has helped me out before when I had Ubuntu installed. I made a mess and was able to get on SF for help.

Thanks to you both once again for your time, John
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20 Sep 2010   #37
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello again John.







As has been said "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" eh!
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20 Sep 2010   #38
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Linux sounds like a big PITA, I don't know why so many fool with it.
And really amazing they want to dual boot it after Win7, which is easily the best OS ever and could hardly be improved upon.

Maybe someone will clue us as to why, besides just dumping the daily dose of Linux/Ubuntu cases here at the WIn7 forum.
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20 Sep 2010   #39
madtownidiot

 

there are all kinds of good uses for linux... especially if you love windows... such as a linux based system with VMware that has VHDs of every currently used version of windows (all running simultaneously).. in order to provide remote assistance to anyone without having to reboot, which is what I'm going to do with the system in my specs when I'm not gaming, once I have the overclock settings figured out
or web developing, where you want to test your scripts on several operating systems simultaneously with the same machine.. or check out the tutorial I just made.. you'd have to be blind to not see how useful that would be
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