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Old 12-19-2009, 05:39 PM   #1
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How do I remove Windows 7 from a Windows / Linux dual boot setup

Hi , currently running a Windows 7 - Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot set-up with Ubuntu as the default boot system in the grub menu. How do I go about removing Windows entirely and leaving Ubuntu intact. Both systems are on the same 500Mb hard drive , Windows in a 336Mb NTFS partition and Linux in the remaining partition. Can I use Gparted to delete the windows partition and then expand the Linux partition to take up the entire disk.

Plenty of info on-line on removing Linux from such a set-up but nothing about the reverse. Any help much appreciated.
Old 12-19-2009, 05:53 PM   #2
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I'll assume these were typos: 500mb hard drive, 336Mb ntfs partition, and you actually mean 500GB and 336GB?

Where is Ubuntu on the drive? and where is windows 7? I'll assume win 7 is at the beginning of the drive? I think the safest thing to do would be to delete the win 7 partition and create another Ubuntu partition in its place. Maybe your /home directory or a data directory and format it with a Linux filesystem (ext 3 ext4).
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Old 12-19-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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Yeah , sorry 500GB and 366 as you say , Windows is at the start of the disk and Linux at the end , thanks for the prompt reply , think I will do as you advise.
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Easier is to use "fdisk" to delete the windows partition, then format it to ext$ and mount it.
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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Don't delete the partition - merely use mkfs to reformat it as a Linux filesystem. The partition type indicator in the partition table is basically ignored, but you can change that in fdisk to 0x83 for completeness.
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