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Old 03-03-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Will I ruin my OS?


Currently I have the following partitions:
500 MB Swap
4.88 GB NTFS w/WinBlows on it
3.72 GB ext3 w/Ubunutu on it
Rest is /home partition.

I did that so that I could dual boot, but then I discovered something I hadn't seen before: VirtualBox. So, what if I were to get rid of the WinBlows partition to recover that disk space? Are there any system files on it? Would my Ubuntu OS not work any more if I did that?

Thanks folks!
 
Old 03-03-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Just download and run GParted, then expand the Linux partition. You'd be fine.
 
Old 03-03-2008, 07:30 PM   #3
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So, what if I were to get rid of the WinBlows partition to recover that disk space? Are there any system files on it? Would my Ubuntu OS not work any more if I did that?
Blast away! The only thing that might break is your fstab's attempt to load /windows (or however the ntfs partition is mounted under Linux IF it's mounted under Linux). you can comment out that line & you should be fine to remove the partition. You're fine to remove it without commenting that out - probably without any negative repercussions other than getting an error message on bootup.
 
Old 03-04-2008, 08:50 AM   #4
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You might want to read up on reinstalling Grub as well. There is a good chance Ubuntu will not boot once you change the partition table. Been there, done that.
 
Old 03-05-2008, 04:58 PM   #5
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to change your grub just go to the grub menu.list file and then change ware it looks it will work like a charm, good luck
 
Old 03-05-2008, 07:26 PM   #6
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Just bear in mind that vmware requires sufficient resources. If that is an older computer you are using, you may find that your windows image runs so slow that you don't want to use it (which may not be a bad thing - hint hint).
 
Old 03-07-2008, 12:55 PM   #7
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Just bear in mind that vmware requires sufficient resources. If that is an older computer you are using, you may find that your windows image runs so slow that you don't want to use it (which may not be a bad thing - hint hint).
Thanks for the info. Actually it's a bleeding-edge computer I assembled myself. Quite proud of it actually. I'm not usually an early-adopter, but our old computer had almost had it.

The blasting is done and it worked great. Thanks to all for the tips!
 
  


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