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Windows 7: Boot folder in C: after installing ubuntu

05 May 2012   #1

windows 7 x64
Boot folder in C: after installing ubuntu

I just installed ubuntu but after doing that I got folders like boot, boot-sav and files like bootmgr, grldr e.t.c in my c:

When I checked disk management it is showing ubuntu drives also. As far as i know ubuntu drives(ext4) doesn't get recognized by windows. What's wrong with it?

And my system reserved drive is also being displayed in windows explorer.

What happened to my windows? Please help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2012   #2

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management ?

If Ubuntu/wubi is installed then there are no ext4 partitions you can see in DiskManagement.
Ubuntu/wubi uses virtual disks - just files in Windows file system.

Ext4 partitions are inside these virtual disks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (Full)

this should only happen if you chose to install Ubuntu through windows (i think the software is called Wubi, or something) it basically lets ubuntu install onto your ntfs/fat32 drive and negates the need to format or resize hard drive partitions.

if this is the case its totally fine and nothing to worry about, everything will be set right if you uninstall Ubuntu via windows control panel.

if its any help, tis is not the best way to experiance Ubuntu, i would recommend an install onto a second hard drive formatted in a linux native file format.

I use linux alot for many reasons, if your machine is powerful enough to dedicate a good chunk of memory and resources to it a Virtual Machine (sun virtual box is free and great) its by far the most useful OS you can have knocking about.

Hope this helps

(sorry for spelling errors, old machines, no spell checker and im lazy)
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 May 2012   #4

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP

There is only a small overhead in Wubi installation method (using virtual disk) compared to native partition install.
All other devices are accessed natively.
The Windows equivalent is installation to VHD.

Wubi's positive side is you don't need a separate partition and another boot manager (GRUB) which creates problems for novice users. There is another bootmanager (Wubi uses Grub4Dos) but it is transparent (hidden) !

Another positive side of Wubi is that you can still repair Windows booting if startup gets demagged using Windows 7 Repair CD/DVD.

Windows always wants to be the Master - that's Microsoft design choice.

If you get used to Linux you can always go for a complete native install later.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate

It sounds like you did a dual-boot/non-Wubi install and Ubuntu put grub on your C: partition rather than the normally hidden 100MB partition, and un-hid that partition (you can hide it again with Partition Wizard*, etc). The "BOOT" and those other files are "normally" in the hidden 100mb boot partition. (EDit: or put grub into the 100MB partition and all windows boot files onto C: )

IS everything booting OK? If so, I wouldn't worry.

Windows will "see" ext4 partitions but (IIRC) call them "unknown" or some such (depending on what software is doing the looking - Partition Wizard running in windows works with 'em fine) and you won't be able to access them from windows without something like "ext2explore" (a Windows "explorer" for linux ext file systems).

*this link is supposed to be "partition wizard dot com" (remove all spaces) - something turned it into an advert.
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