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Old 08-27-2009, 01:28 PM   #1
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Dual booting with vista, checking on the partition space question??

I installed the latest ubuntu 9.04 following a step by step guide. After I shrunk the volume of vista, I shut down the computer and proceeded with the install. After the installation I looked around for some other guides on how to install apps and stuff. I found this other guide with this in it : "This allows the Windows system to automatically rescan the newly-resized partition (using chkdsk) and write changes to its own bootup files. (If you forget to do this, you may later have to repair the Windows partition bootup files manually using the Windows Recovery Console.)" I'm not sure if I did do a reboot. How can I check if I did and if I didn't how can I fix it?
Another thing is, in Vista, when i got to manage disk. How can i look into the new partition that I had made. I tried right clicking it but the only that shows up is delete volume.
Also when I boot into vista How can I look at my ubuntu files.
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Boot to vista and run chdsk.

Use computer management mmc snap in look at storage module. Use help and support to find.
You might see two, one is the linux swap file partition and the other data. Might actually have many partitions.

You would need to install a driver to view the ubuntu file format.
Might not be worth the effort..

In the future you might consider a Virtual Machine instead of dual boot if you have a modern system.
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You don't indicate whether you can boot into Ubuntu or vista? I'm assuming you can? What bootloader do you use, Ubuntu Grub or vista bootloader? If you can boot both you shouldn't need to do more. Ubuntu usually detects windows partitions during the installation. The Grub bootloader of Ubuntu just point to the location on the drive where the windows boot files are and vista does the booting.

With regard to reading Linux from vista, I understand there is software available for this but I believe it is third party software (not Microsoft) and don't know if it is free. If you are interested, you could probably google it and get some results. Most Linux distributions come with software that enables the OS to read/write ntfs.
Old 08-27-2009, 06:17 PM   #4
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I ran chdsk, but idk what it did. I can boot into both vista and ubuntu. The bootloader that it uses is Ubuntu Grub. Thanks for the quick responses.



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