Ubuntu Installation :: Use Existing Partitioning When Reinstalling?

Feb 22, 2010

I have a laptop running Ubuntu 8.04 LTS and I need to upgrade to the new Ubuntu, I order to get complete use of my hardware. Usually when I install a new version of Ubuntu, I have the opportunity to use my old partitioning, but now I can only use the entire disk or create a new partition table.

The laptop has other partitions that is a data and a Windows partition as I want to preserve.

How can I install the new Ubuntu on the old Ubuntu partition and preserve the data on other partitions?

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OpenSUSE Install :: 11.2 On An Existing Partitioning Scheme With Encrypted LVM

Apr 5, 2011

I have a Ubuntu server with encrypted LVM2 (logical volumes - /, /var,/tmp,/home etc.). I need to migrate this to an OpenSUSE 11.2 server (cannot use a later version due to the availability of a binary-only module - that is just the way it is). When I fire up the installer, I cannot seem to find an option to mount the encrypted disk (/dev/sda) which has the LVM2 structure. I do not want to lose /home (logical LVM2 volume), so a clean blank slate install is not an option.

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Jan 11, 2010

I had 9.04, then upgraded to 9.10. After screwing it up, it won't boot. Is it possible to just reinstall Ubuntu using the CD? Cause then I would get GRUB 2. I installed kde-desktop, then it failed to boot (I selected KDM) and that somehow screwed it up.

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Feb 23, 2010

Currently I am having a pc with AMD athlon 64 3000+ and I am thinking to to upgrade this with a 64 X2 4800+ processor.I want to know whether reinstallation of OS (XP sp2 and UBUNTU gutsy) is required for this or they will detect the new processor and work fine without any problem?

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Apr 18, 2010

I recently had to reinstall Windows XP and as usual it destroyed my grub setup. I have done this before, so I simply booted from a live CD and typed this in the terminal:

sudo grub
> root (hd0,2)
> setup(hd0)
> quit

Now, the problem with it this time is that in the past in these situations I had only Ubuntu Feisty and Windows XP installed on my machine. But I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a separate partition (retaining the old 7.04 installation separately) since I last had to reinstall XP. Doing the above procedure restores my grub sttings to my pre-9.04 installation (i.e. I only get Ubuntu 7.04 and Windows XP in the grub menu).

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May 8, 2010

I've installed Remastersys on my Dell Mini and created a custombackup.iso which which runs Ubuntu 10.04 perfectly from both CD and usb flashdrive.

However, since backing up my complete HDD a problem has arisen with my wireless connection and I now want to reinstall the cloned copy of my OS onto my HDD.

The question is: how? Whether I use Ubuntu's disk creator, unetbootin or penlinuxdrive, booting from the flashdrive does not offer me an 'install' option.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstalling Grub After Windows?

Dec 13, 2010

Every other guide I've seen is confusing the heck outta me.

I had ubuntu, and no other OS, then I installed win7, and now I want GRUB to be my MBR.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Uninstalling And Then Reinstalling Samba

Feb 18, 2011

I'm having an issue with samba and trying to reinstall it. I uninstalled samba with this command
}sudo apt-get remove samba
sudo apt-get purge samba

After either one of these steps, i noticed that the /etc/samba/ directory still existed, which was odd since I thought i uinstalled samba. So, I proceeded to remove all of the fiels within the /etc/samba/ directory and removed the samba directory as well. After this, I tried to reinstall samba with this command:
sudo apt-get install samba

After this installation step, the /etc/samba directory does not exist and neither does the smb.conf file and other files within he /etc/samba directory exist after installation. When I type :
testparm -s

I get the following message:
Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
rlimit_max: rlimit_max (1024) below minimum Windows limit (16384)
params.c:OpenConfFile() - Unable to open configuration file "/etc/samba/smb.conf":
No such file or directory
Error loading services.
I'm trying to get my samba up and running again.

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Jun 4, 2011

Recently when I booted Windows 7, a "check filesystem" thing got up, so I let it do its thing. And now when I start Windows 7 my computer reboots right after "Windows 7" logo pops up. Is there any way I can re-install/repair my Windows 7 without losing my Ubuntu partition and all my stuff on it?

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Jul 15, 2011

Is it possible to migrate from Linux Mint 11 to Ubuntu 11.04 without reinstalling the whole system, i.e. as if it was an upgrade from a previous version from Ubuntu. I would like to avoid having to reinstall and reconfigure all the applications I installed in Mint.

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Oct 23, 2010

I think a recent update to 10.04 somehow has broken my installation. When I turn on the machine, it just sits at the splash screen with the white dots turning orange from left to right as if it is going to boot up.

I have tried letting it sit there but after half an hour it still remains the same. I have tried booting into recovery mode but that fails somewhere along the startup process. Is there a way to 'repair broken installation' when booting up with live cd? I have been able to get to that option and I am trying to avoid doing a fresh install if possible.

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Jun 22, 2010

I am giving away a laptop with dual boot XP and Ubuntu. Partitions:

To erase all old files, I plan on burning an Ubuntu live CD and enter in the terminal:

And leave sda1 and sda4 untouched just in case the new owner wants to reinstall Windows in the future.

But how should I use the free 75GB ? Install Ubuntu on a 35GB extended partition and leave the remaining 40GB empty for XP, if wanted? Or should I use the entire 75GB for Ubuntu ?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Boot Into Xubuntu After Reinstalling Windows

Jan 5, 2010

I've re-installed Windows and now can't boot xubuntu 9.1. I've looked at: [URL]. I did the the fdisk -l and tried mounting each of the partitions but I couldn't mount sda4 which I think is the partition that my xubuntu is located on. A clue that this is the partition is that it is the only one of type extended as I saw in gparted. It was also the only one apart from sda5 that I wasn't able to mount and sda5 I think was an old USB partition. Anything else I could try or are you going to need the output of "fdisk -l" to get a fuller picture.

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Mar 25, 2010

I have an old computer, it came with Windows 98, later I updated it with Windows XP. XP ran slowly because of it's outdated hardware. Around this time I already had a new computer. I decided to install Ubuntu on it to muck around with. However, Ubuntu also runs slowly and I have a dual-booting computer. However, when I try to get into the BIOS of the computer and run the 98 disk, I can hit every button and BIOS will not load. Question: How do I reinstall Windows if I can't access the BIOS?

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Aug 12, 2010

To give a scenario, I have an account for myself, my wife, and my daughter;
1. uRock
2. DragonLady
3. LilFireball

On install I have no problem adding myself back to the system,but when try to add the other users who already have a home folder but no logon, I get an error saying the other accounts are already in use, but they still have no way to log on

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstalling Grub2 - Wipe Out Partitions

Sep 29, 2010

I am having trouble reinstalling grub so That I can see both my linux and windows partitions in the cain loader. Originally I had ubuntu, then I installed window, this wiped out grub so I had to reinstate it, and that went ok. Then I tried to get fancy and install another Linux on my machine. It did not wipe out my partitions but is defunct I have been following these instructions, [URL]

To no success. Grub2 installs fine, sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/(my part ion) /dev/sda2 and I install it to sda2, but the" Installation finished. No error reported. This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map. Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect, fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'. (hd0) /dev/sda"

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstalling Grub Fails After Windows 7?

Jan 15, 2011

I previously had a single 160gb drive with two partitions, dual booted for Ubuntu and XP. I then installed a new SSD drive and put Windows 7 on it and of course I lost grub on the MBR. I have gone through this before so I went ahead and booted the livd CD, installed grub then ran

root (hd0,1)
setup (hd0)

but then got these errors;

Error 22: No such partition
grub> setup (hd0)
setup (hd0)
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes


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Jan 18, 2011

I'm about to reinstall Windows XP on a system that I also have Ubuntu installed on. I'm a bit confused how the boot loader works in a dual boot system. After reinstalling XP will I have to do something, like reinstalling GRUB somehow?

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Mar 13, 2009

I'm trying to reinstall FC10 after a foolish mistake I've done that costed me operation of my Fedora partition (uninstalling SELinuxpolicycoreutils).

I have a dual boot Ubuntu - FC 10 machine and delete my old fedora partition with GParted. However when I try to install FC 10 from the live CD using the option "Use free space on selected drives and create default layout" I get the error message:

Could not allocate requested partitions:

Partitioning failed:

The following errors occurred with your partitioning:

You have not defined a root partition (/), which is required for installation of Fedora to continue.

This can happen if there is not enough space on your hard drive(s) for the installation.

Press 'OK' to choose a different partitioning option.

This is the output of fdisk -l :

Partition table entries are not in disk order

My last option is erase everything from my drive including the Ubuntu partition and start over the installation, something that I would like to avoid.

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Ubuntu Installation :: After Reinstalling / How Do I Re-link Separate / Home Partition?

Jan 20, 2010

Compiz settings, my entire GUI would freeze up after the startup splash. It did the little ubuntu jingle and so on but wouldn't actually load up the desktop. I would've booted into recovery mode and deleted the settings that were messing it all up for me, but pressing ESC during grub did nothing! So as a last effort I reinstalled Ubuntu (Karmic) from the live CD on the first partition only, but I don't know how to make the second partition (with my old /home directory) the normal /home directory. The instructions linked above seem to require having done the whole process of moving the partition (so as to create "old" and "new" dirs, etc.).

So there are really two problems here: 1) How does one restore things to normal when a few too many cheeky moves with the desktop effects turns everything to pot? And 2) How does one reinstall Ubuntu with a separate /home partitions

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Sep 5, 2010

Since the partition of windows7 (C: ) where wubi was installed was too small, I decided to reinstall wubi into another larger partition (E: ), keeping the old root.disk. Sadly when I replaced the root.disk ubuntu cannot boot, the loader says that there is no root.disk file, although it's there... I guess there is some kind of checksum about the virtual disk toward the loader is poiting... So how can I have my old ubuntu installation back?? I still have the old root.disk.

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Oct 4, 2010

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Feb 19, 2015

I have a virtual Linux server and i deleted his boot partition by mistake. Now When i try to enter the machine I see

Select allfilesystem unknown
Grub rescue >

I was told i need to reinstall the server so I've downloaded the ISO files i need.

I've connected the ISO to the machine but i don't know what yo do next.

I've read online that i need to do ls and find where the ISO is so i can boot from it.

But i get error unknown filesystem for everything so i don't know what to do?

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Sep 9, 2011

I have a triple boot system with Windows XP, Debian Lenny, and Fedora in that order as far as the disk partitions, and Lenny's grub controlling the multiboot. This has worked well for yearsRecently the Debian got corrupted with someependency issues, and I want to install Squeeze inplace of the existing LennyI don't need to save anything from the Lenny). Is this possible, usinga startup install CD for on-line installation of Squeeze over the Lenny partitions, and also without disturbing the Windows and Fedora boots? If it is, are there any manual steps to be taken during
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Jan 18, 2010

I'm having trouble installing Ubuntu on a brand new HP DL380 G6 server. Any time I go through the install, it freezes at 33% of formatting the first partition. I have tried 9.04 server disk, 9.10 server disk, and 9.10 desktop (all AMD64). I'm running out of ideas to troubleshoot. The server is listed as supported by Ubuntu 9.04. Here's more of the hardware:

2x quad-core Intel Xeon X5550 procs
16GB of RAM
5x 300GB SAS drives in RAID-5 array (1.2TB useable)

I just finished installing with the 9.10 alternate install disk (AMD64), and after reboot, it doesn't seem to find the boot partition and just sits there after attempting to boot from CD and hard disk.

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Jun 9, 2010

I just purchased a new MSI WindTop AE2220 with a 320 GB hard drive running Windows 7. I want to dual boot until I know I have found all of the appropriate drivers. The confusing part is that the computer came with 4 partitions as displayed in the attached screenshot jpeg. How would you recommend I resize and partition my drive?

Current Partitions (in order):
Recovery Partition 14.65GB / 14.45 free
Active Recovery 100 mb / 100 mb free
OS-Install (c) 68.36GB / 42.06 GB free
Data (D) 214 GB / 213 free

Will install Lucid 10.04

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Nov 11, 2010

I am installing UNR 10.04 but I get stuck at the partition because I want to dual boot with windows and I am afraid to go far without professional advice. What i want to do is install ubuntu on my D:/ drive and keep xp on my C drive. This is the current state of my hard drives at the moment (screenshot.png). I don't know what all the boxes to the right are for either. Also my D drive (which I want ubuntu on) has ext4 on it from a previous failed attempt to install linux mint. Because of this when I go to install ubuntu it shows xp on the C drive and linux mint on the D drive although the installation was botched and I cant really boot into linux mint. I have provided a screenshot of this too (screenshot-1.png). How to install UNR on my D drive properly. Iknow I need to add a swap partition how do I do that?

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Feb 25, 2010

I want to transfer the software and packages that's already installed. I have an ISO disc creator to take the current information on my hard disk and format it for an ISO, which I can burn onto a DVD, but what I'm wondering is, how would I go about reinstalling the OS

here's the backstory, I'm wanting to transfer the hard drive from this computer to the one I'm going to custom build once it's finished, and I'm pretty sure I would have to reinstall due to the fact that I would have to reconfigure and install new hardware drivers. If I'm wrong, please tell me so I don't waste the time and go through the trouble of this

my plan is to create an ISO of my hard disk, then backup all of my personal files, then remove them so the ISO will have more room (and I may get rid of some unnecessary packages), then get rid of everything on the hard drive (just use a livedisc of something and use a partition manager to delete all partitions on the hard drive) then move the hard drive over to the new computer, and reinstall with the ISO disc I created

the things that will be staying the same is the graphics card, some peripherals (like monitors, keyboard, wacom tablet, printer, etc...) but the motherboard has a different sound card and a different processor (I'll probably just install a different kernel to accommodate for that) and some different things that are smaller (don't forget the power supply)

offer a better method of transferring the hard drive (and don't say "just simply take the hard drive out and put it in the other computer" unless you have indisputable proof that it will work. I know it most likely won't work for multiple reasons, the drivers being one of them, the fact that windows can't do that (I have a different plan for windows that involves upgrading from vista 32bit to windows 7 64 bit))

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Mar 28, 2010

What does upgrading mean? does it imply replacing the older packages with new without reinstalling the entire OS or Reinstalling the new version keeping into view the existing package list. Can I upgrade the Ubuntu 9.1 amd 64 with Ubuntu 9.1 i386 version using the alternate installation CD

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Aug 12, 2011

I recently removed Spotify using the Wine remove software function. When I try to reinstall Spotify using the "Spotify Installer.exe" I just keep getting the famous "NSIS error" (without any error code, it's plain NSIS). When I try to run the "Spotify Installer.exe" through a terminal it gives me:
wine: cannot find L"unix\home\user\Desktop\Spotify Installer.exe"

Any help in this bloody mess is much appreciated since I can't (I hope no one can) live without music.

I'm running Ubuntu Natty 11.04.

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