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Old 06-07-2011, 02:57 AM   #1
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Ubunutu 11.04 repartitioning

I used the Windows installer to install Ubunutu 11.04 on an XP computer, so that I could switch back to XP should I need to or if I found I couldn't get on with Linux on a day to day basis.

This resulted in my main 200GB drive with windows on been mounted as /host

And my main boot drive been /dev/loop

However I now feel I'm comfortable enough to remove XP from the PC, and move entirely to Linux, I looked at repartitioning from with Linux but I keep getting told the drive is in use.

Can anybody recommend the best way to remove XP, and give me more space for my Linux install.
Old 06-07-2011, 03:58 AM   #2
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And just to add to the fun, partition for linux is now full and won't empty the Trash.
Old 06-07-2011, 04:55 AM   #3
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I am offering something that was suggested to me at some point, and an opinion ... it is NOT recommended you try this, Without further understanding.

Once when I was looking to install a new distro, I asked what I should do about re-partitioning my drive, As I already had one distro on the entire hard drive ... Someone had suggested looking into Parted-Magic, which is a tool that supposedly makes the whole process a little less intimidating. CLICK HERE for their site. I never used it as when I installed Zorin it did that part for me. But I did look at the site and read through some of the documentation and you may want to give it a peek, Maybe see if that is your sort of thing?

Here's the opinion part:
If I where you, and all my important stuff was on windows and I was just fiddling with Linux to see if I liked it ... I would back up all my important stuff to CD, DVD, whatever other media format I could ... and just install Linux fresh, and let it take up the whole drive.

Like I said ... Just a suggestion and an opinion, Probably better to wait for someone more tech savvy to come along, But maybe you can read up on partedmagic while you wait.
Good luck!

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Old 06-07-2011, 08:16 AM   #4
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While I was fiddling around I appear to have messed something up, and can no longer boot. I have a copy of my required data, so I went for the quick fix, and re-installed from scratch.

Thanks for the suggestions anyway.


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