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Old 02-25-2011, 10:24 PM   #1
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Question have a dual boot Windows Vista Basic/Ubuntu have some questions...


Hi everyone! This is my first post, I've had Ubuntu 10.10 installed for about 2 weeks now and I LOVE IT. I first tried the dual boot system so that if I didn't like Ubuntu I could revert back to Windows Vista. Anyway I want to completely remove Windows Vista Basic from my computer. Now is there anyway that I can get rid of Windows without having to remove and reinstall Ubuntu? And if I can't is there a way to save my files from Ubuntu? That way if I do have to completely remove both systems and reinstall Ubuntu I can have all my files? All help is appreciated guys thanks!
 
Old 02-26-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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sure.
just delete the windows partition. better yet, just wipe the partition if you dont need any of the FILES. Removing the windows entry from grub is really easy too.
 
Old 02-26-2011, 12:31 AM   #3
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i could walk you through some of it if you like. not a guru or anything. Have you set up your firewall and what not in ubuntu?
 
Old 02-26-2011, 12:33 AM   #4
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Wins on 1st partition how does op move data to sda1
How many partitions does Vista own?
 
Old 02-26-2011, 12:44 AM   #5
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My suggestion would be to make an image of each of ubuntu's primary partitions or lvms and an image of the whole drive. Erase the drive and install ubuntu's partitions in order of removal. Using clonezilla as you install it may rename partitions since you have to install to them, but you still may have to use a recovery cd.
 
Old 02-26-2011, 01:50 AM   #6
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again thanks for all the help guys really , anyway, i think i gave vista 60 parsons and Ubuntu 60. (again i think im not for sure its been two weeks), if you could guide me through it i might be able to manage it.

p.s.-no i haven't configured the firewall yet I'm a noob :S although i haven't hadany viruses or anything yet
 
Old 02-26-2011, 01:58 AM   #7
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Do you have another computer or storage drive?
With only 2weeks into installation, you should save an image of wins system, if you decide to delete. After that you can just erase whole drive & reinstall Ubuntu.
When asked side by side or use erase & use whole drive. But if you change your mind you have an image that you can reload.
 
Old 02-26-2011, 07:10 AM   #8
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Just backup your /home partition or if you did the automatic partitioning the home dir, all YOUR stuff is there. Wipe the drive reinstall create your user acct with the same name if copy home back in over itself. You will loose software but that take 15 min to reinstall everything. All your personal stuff will still be there.
 
Old 02-26-2011, 08:26 AM   #9
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In agreement with snatele1. All your important YOUR stuff will be on/in /home/'your user name".
EDDY1 brings up a good point. If your machine was a factory installed unit ( dell, gateway, etc.. ), you, in probability, only have one partition. Also, windows WILL be on the first partition. If your wanting to switch over to ubuntu to completely you will want to change that.
Which brings it back to snatele1's advice. YOUR personal data will be located in /home. Its much easier to copy that than say trying to migrate an install and change grub settings when your starting out. The easy way: copy /home, reinstall, and copy the info from /home back in. The down side to all this is the time to get all the updates after a fresh install.

To see how your installs are set up could you run:
Code:
sudo parted -l | grep /dev
All the above will do is show how your hard drive(s) are split up.

Before you go and wipe windows: your gonna want to make sure you got all your files man. Also, some applications ( games, office stuff, printers, etc) do not work out of the box in linux. Be prepared to do a lil hoop jumping at first. 8)
 
Old 02-26-2011, 03:28 PM   #10
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I would actually advise against removing Vista at this time. What I would do is shrink the Vista partition using gparted, leaving yourself 5GB or so of empty space on the Vista partition. That way, if it turns out you need Vista for something (for me it's tax software), it's there. On the other hand, if you really do want to totally eliminate Vista, go for it.
 
Old 02-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #11
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how would i go about shrinking the vista partition rock doctor? and mrmnemo i did what you said in the terminal and now im kinda confused, it just said 160 gb, so idk if that answered your question :S
 
Old 02-26-2011, 10:48 PM   #12
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Using Ubuntu post output of fdisk -l
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
 
Old 02-27-2011, 05:30 AM   #13
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Quote:
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how would i go about shrinking the vista partition rock doctor?
I'd use gparted, which is a graphical partitioning program (there are other programs that will do it, I just happen to like gparted). Since it does not appear to be installed by default on Ubuntu,
Code:
apt-get install gparted
run as root should do it. If Ubuntu has mounted your Vista partition, you'll need to unmount it before you can shrink it.
 
  


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