Mar 29, 2010
I'm installing a dual-boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7. Windows 7 is installed first. However, I also have some Dell proprietary stuff installed on two more primary partitions, which I can't get rid of. Meaning, I have one primary partition slot free. I shrunk my Windows 7 partition by 50GB and booted my Live CD of Ubuntu 9.04. I chose to install, and when I got to the partitioning part, I saw the 50 GB of unallocated space.
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I chose to let Ubuntu install side by side, and choose what to let me boot. However, I got some error about too many primary partitions and, magically, my Windows partition got all of its space back, save for 2.5GB. Of course, I got enough errors and I didn't install Ubuntu. I rebooted back to Windows and I had to have chkdsk go through all my files. I also checked when on the Ubuntu CD and I noticed something about my hard drive configuration I have NEVER seen before. it said something about 4 or 5 gigs containing WINDOWS XP! I have never had Windows XP on this thing! What gives? Anyways, where did I go wrong, and what can I do to dual-boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu?