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Old 10-25-2011, 07:18 PM   #1
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Question about reinstalling Ubuntu next to existing Windows 7 install


My Ubuntu has become corrupt over time and upgrades. I need to reinstall it. Do I need to delete the 6.3 GB Extended and the 6.3 GB Swap partitions leaving the main partition for Ubuntu (158 GB)... Then resize the Ubuntu partition to account for the difference making a grand total of 170.6 GB, format that space and install to that solid area or do I need to handle it differently? I don't wish to mess up the Windows 7. I believe it is solely in the NTFS area.
 
Old 10-25-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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If you have an Extended partition of 6.3GB and one logical swap partition also of 6.3GB, you should not have to do anything with them.
You could probably get more specific and useful information if you posted drive/partition information. Use the Ubuntu CD, open a terminal and run: sudo fdisk -l(lower case Letter L in the command) and post it here so we know which partitions are Ubuntu and which are windows.

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I believe it is solely in the NTFS area.
That would be windows.
 
Old 10-25-2011, 07:58 PM   #3
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Per your request:

Disk /dev/sda: 250 GB, 250056737280 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 19190 154143643 83 Linux
Warning: Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2 19190 29637 83915527 7 HPFS/NTFS
Warning: Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3 29637 30402 6144862 5 Extended
Warning: Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda5 29637 30402 6144862 82 Linux swap
Warning: Partition 5 does not end on cylinder boundary.
 
Old 10-26-2011, 10:35 AM   #4
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Just install Ubuntu to sda1. You won't need to create a swap partition as you already have one.
 
Old 10-26-2011, 11:45 AM   #5
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Wow, thanks so much! I went ahead and had to do it twice last night. One of the things that seized my operating system the first time in Compiz I was able to re-create and I need to list it as a bug at Ubuntu.com I reinstalled the operating system twice last night. It was so fun. There were like 3 options
1. Erase Ubuntu 11.10 and reinstall it. (Leaving Windows 7 alone)
2. Erase everything and install Ubuntu as a single operating system for your machine.
3. Do something else. (where you get to partition things yourself)....

They couldn't have made it any more simple.
It did look, however, like it made its own 2.1 GB swap partition from the remaining space.
Thank you for your assistance.

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