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Windows 7: Linux Partition Not Displaying, Inaccessible

14 Feb 2012   #1
skyhawk4564

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
Linux Partition Not Displaying, Inaccessible

I upgraded my system from Windows Vista to Win 7, 32bit professional edition. I had a partition set aside for Linux Ubuntu. Now, I cannot access Linux from the boot menu, as I used to. It is still listed as an option at boot, but highlighting it and hitting return/enter just causes a black screen.

When I go to the disk management tool, the partition isn't displayed (screenshot attached). I have also gone in through command prompt---diskpart----list volume, but that doesn't show it either. I know it is still there, because I have a 120GB hard drive, and if you add up all the partitions that disk manager lists, it is short of 120GB.

I am trying to delete the Linux partition entirely. I have thought about just formatting my HDD and starting over, but I only have the 'upgrade' windows CD and am afraid I won't be able to re-install windows. Any help is much appreciated.




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14 Feb 2012   #2
skyhawk4564

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Also, when I launch msconfig and go to the boot menu, the windows partition (C) is the only one shown.
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14 Feb 2012   #3
Arc

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The HDDs size you are getting displayed is the size using binary multiples. You have the entire 120 GB intact, and there is an unpartitioned space 1.34 GB .

How have you installed Linux earlier ? If using WUBI ... upgradation to Windows 7 may have removed it, so nothing to be worried I think. At that point there is no need to reinstall windows.

If you need, you may create a partition in the unpartitioned space, and merge it with another partition.
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15 Feb 2012   #4
skyhawk4564

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I see where I have 1.34gb of free space, but if I add up everything in the 'capacity' column, shouldn't get something close to 120GB? It only adds up to 110.442GB, and I know my Linux partition was ~10GB.

In the past, when I installed Ubuntu, I burned the files onto a CD from the web, repartitioned my hard drive, and then installed it off the CD into the new partition.
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15 Feb 2012   #5
Arc

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The Ubuntu partition is not there at all, and the space the HDD shows is fairly normal .

Source : Hard disk drive - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Linux Partition Not Displaying, Inaccessible-capture.jpg

The binary transformation makes a difference there with the actual capacity and the reported capacity.

EDIT : A nice explanation is here : Where Are All My Gigs?

So, as I see, it is OK .


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15 Feb 2012   #6
skyhawk4564

Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

OK. Thanks. That graph is very helpful.
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15 Feb 2012   #7
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skyhawk4564 View Post
OK. Thanks. That graph is very helpful.
You are welcome :)
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