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Old 09-27-2007, 08:47 AM   #1
helltone
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Question Help booting and partition problems (windows+ubuntu)


Hi,

I've recently installed windows+ubuntu. I have the following scheme:

primary 1Gb linux swap
primary 10Gb linux ext3 <-- ubuntu 7.10 beta 5
primary 39Gb c: ntfs ("system") <-- shared personal data
primary 20Gb d: ntfs ("boot") <-- windows xp sp2

I meant to install windows at the 4th partition, but it has installed some files into the 3rd partition, which is where I have my personal files.

Among these files are NTDETECT.COM, NTLDR, MSDOS.SYS, CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS, BOOT.INI and AUTOEXEC.BAT.

Is it possible to move these files to the 4th partition (eventually even change it to C ? I use grub, will I need to change something to be able to boot correctly?

Thanks a lot
 
Old 09-27-2007, 09:12 AM   #2
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Windows--by default--thinks that certain things are on--or should be installed to--the C: drive. During installation, I would assume that it would let you select the partition for installation--and then make that the C: drive. I do not believe it has the ability to split itself across 2 partitions.

Will the system now boot into Windows? If so, then it simply means that Windows is installed to the drive where all those files are.
 
Old 09-28-2007, 02:05 AM   #3
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I'm totally sure I've choosen the 4th partition for installation of windows. Windows installed the WINDOWS directory into the 4th partition. I don't know why, but it ALSO installed some files into the 3rd partition. System was booting correctly both into windows and linux, but I want to move all files to the 4th partition.

What I've done is to boot live cd, then move all these files to the 4th partition:

Code:
AUTOEXEC.BAT, boot.ini, CONFIG.SYS, IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, NTDETECT.COM and ntldr
Then I edited the file boot.ini:

Code:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
instead of:

Code:
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
And then changed grub's menu.lst.

Code:
title		Microsoft Windows XP Professional
root		(hd0,3)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader	+1
instead of:

Code:
title		Microsoft Windows XP Professional
root		(hd0,2)
savedefault
makeactive
chainloader	+1
After updating grub and rebooting... it works \o/

But WHY windows installed those files into the 3rd partition originally?
 
  


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