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skylights 06-28-2010 06:57 PM

Think I may have accidentally mounted a partition
 
Hey guys! I'm a super n00b so try not to laugh too hard :D

I currently have Windows and Ubuntu on dual-boot, but my Windows is totally corrupted and unusable, so I'm on Linux fulltime.

Today I was working with my old Wacom drawing tablet and one of the buttons on my pen got stuck on "select", my pointer started jumping around the screen, and general mayhem ensued. I reset the computer and everything seemed fine, but while clearing out some accidentally-moved files from my desktop, I discovered a folder (inode/directory) called "111 GB Filesystem" that wouldn't let me move or delete it. Looked inside - it's all my Windows files! The commands available upon right-clicking are Open, Browse Folder, Stretch Icon, Format, Compress, Unmount, and Properties. Am I right in thinking I accidentally mounted the Windows partition of the hard drive? I'm still shaky on Linux, haha.

Anyway, my main question is that I'd really like this off my desktop and don't need anything from the folder, so is it safe to unmount it? I'd hate to accidentally disable something I need for my computer to work, lol. Please let me know if there's any other info I can provide!

Thank you very much!

brianL 06-28-2010 07:07 PM

Yeah, it's safe to unmount it.

AnanthaP 06-28-2010 07:16 PM

It is actually the windows partition and it is better to unmount it before logging off from ubuntu. (I have a similar setup at my home).

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lupusarcanus 06-28-2010 07:16 PM

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Originally Posted by skylights (Post 4017670)
Hey guys! I'm a super n00b so try not to laugh too hard :D

I currently have Windows and Ubuntu on dual-boot, but my Windows is totally corrupted and unusable, so I'm on Linux fulltime.

Today I was working with my old Wacom drawing tablet and one of the buttons on my pen got stuck on "select", my pointer started jumping around the screen, and general mayhem ensued. I reset the computer and everything seemed fine, but while clearing out some accidentally-moved files from my desktop, I discovered a folder (inode/directory) called "111 GB Filesystem" that wouldn't let me move or delete it. Looked inside - it's all my Windows files! The commands available upon right-clicking are Open, Browse Folder, Stretch Icon, Format, Compress, Unmount, and Properties. Am I right in thinking I accidentally mounted the Windows partition of the hard drive? I'm still shaky on Linux, haha.

Anyway, my main question is that I'd really like this off my desktop and don't need anything from the folder, so is it safe to unmount it? I'd hate to accidentally disable something I need for my computer to work, lol. Please let me know if there's any other info I can provide!

Thank you very much!

Of course it's safe to unmount it! Don't worry! :)
The Windows partition, unless you're using it for transfering file, etc. is prety much useless and just 'there' doing nothing.

You can actually delete the partition using a Linux LiveCD and expand your Linux partition over it so Windows never shows up again. Doing this would not harm your Linux install, but it does delete all the Windows files so if you do this remember to keep that in mind.

Another option is that you can use a program like 'ntfsfix' to try and repair the Windows partition. Just throwing that out there.

Anyways, don't feel like a super-n00b. We are here trying to help you. Especially in the Linux-newbie forum haha. ;) Everyone has to start somewhere. :)

skylights 06-28-2010 07:27 PM

Awesome, thank you all so much!! :)

leopard, that's great about ntfsfix, I'm going to try it. Haha actually the only reason the partition is still there is because I was hesitant to delete it before I knew that I could handle Linux, for one, and that it was really the Windows OS that was giving me problems, and not my other hardware. But I'm sure now that it's all Windows, so I think it's time for it to go, lol.


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