Strange Partitioning and Grub?
I have quite a strange hard drive set up, and I'm having trouble successfully getting things how I like them. I originally had Ubuntu 8.10...which means that I have a / partition, a /home partition and a swap partition...ok no big deal. For some time I have also had all of my music and such on a ntfs partition so it wouldn't really matter if I wanted ubuntu or windows, and then ubuntu 9.04 was finally released today...I have been saving some unpartitioned space on my drive for just this occasion (don't ask me why I've been so pumped about it) so now I have another 2 partitions (a / and a swap). here is what my hard drive looks like
Hard Drive (sda) 232.88GiB
sda1 linux-swap 3.73GiB (Ubuntu 8.10)
sda5 ext3 13.97GiB / (Ubuntu 8.10)
sda6 ext3 65.19GiB /home (Ubuntu 8.10)
sda7 ext3 70.99GiB (Ubuntu 9.04)
sda8 linux-swap 3.06GiB (Ubuntu 9.04)
sda4 ntfs 75.95GiB Media
ok ok, I know...it really is in horrible shape. the Ubuntu 9.04 really isn't working out too well with my intel graphics driver and I'm actually pretty happy with the 8.10 setup that I have...so I would like to get rid of the 9.04 and revert back to the 8.10. The problem I keep having is that if I uninstall 9.04 then my GRUB stops working...and I can't boot. I really want to format sda7 and sda8 and then resize my ntfs partition to accommodate the extra space...all while having GRUB continue to book my 8.10...is there any hope or should I just format everything except the ntfs and start over??
sorry about the horribly long back story...and thanks in advance