General :: Any USB Tool To Recover Partitions In Dual Boot System?

May 23, 2011

I have a dual boot Acer Aspire One, after reinstalling Windows back to "original factory", the way it was straight out of the box, it now will not boot up at all. It goes to the Windows start screen goes blank, and loops there infinitely. Is there a USB tool I can use to figure out what went wrong and recover either my Windows or Linux partition with out having to do a complete reinstall?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Recover Grub Installation In A Dual Boot System?

Nov 19, 2010

I would like to recover my grub installation in a dual boot system. if there is an easy way to recover grub using flash disk? If yes is your suggestion opensuse developed? (currently running 11.3) . It would be nice also to have some gui just to make things easier. If not I assume that then the only option is the boot from dvd. Is that right?

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General :: Recover Windows If OS Has Crashed In A Dual Boot

Jun 7, 2010

I wanted to know the solution that if my linux crashes then can I recover my windows in adual boot env.

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General :: Disk Partitions For Dual Boot With Windows 7 GPT/EFI

Jan 9, 2011

I have a Centos 5.5 system that had 2 primary partitions (2nd is setup as LVM with multiple LVM partitions) and then installed Windows 7 as Dual Boot.

However, Windows 7 has installed a 200MB system partition which is GPT/EFI as partition 3 and the Win7 OS as a Primary Partition.

I have a heap of space undefined after this fourth primary partition.

However, as 4 primary partitions have been used, I can no longer create an extended partition to utilise this.

As such I would like to know what is the best and safest way to proceed, and if possible step by steps instructions for the best option eg:

1. Delete the Windows 7 System Partition and create the extended partition (I expect this will prevent Windows from booting)

2. Use something like partition magic to change the Win 7 OS Partition 4 to an extended partition (Not sure if this will work)

3. Make changes to the overall system including both Linux and Windows so that it will use GPT only (I have
had no experience with GPT so this is a bit scary)

4. Other?

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General :: Upsize Partitions On New HDD - Dual Boot (11.04 On Win7 With Grub)

Aug 12, 2011

I have been an MCSA for the last 20 years, but recently I have been very impressed indeed with Ubuntu 11.04, having dabbled with and then discarded Susi Linux some five years ago. My problem may be summarised as outlined below: Using the downloadable ISO I installed Ubuntu 11.04 as a dual boot on a Win7 100GB HDD on my Lenovo T61 laptop. No problem they both rock and I'm very impressed. During the installation procedure I selected the largest partition sizes available from the Ubuntu installer wizard being 25GB Extended split into 18GB Ext4, and 3.2GB and 3.2 GB swaps (I couldn't suss out any way of manually increasing them any further).

I found that the 11.04 Startup Manager application didn't work at all, so I downloaded and installed Grub Customizer 2.1..and that did work after a fashion.. certainly enough to actually effect changes in the grub configuration settings. Everything worked so well on the 100GB HDD that I decided to transpose the entire disk image to a new 500GB WD Scorpio and make the dual boot my main working disk. Using Acronis I imaged off the 100GB installation selecting the partition by partition, and retain disk signature options. I then recovered the image to the new 500GB HDD and everything works beautifully on the new HDD.

Except of course all the partitions are still the same size. I won't waste your reading time recounting everything that I have done using Acronis Disk Director (V Good) and Gparted (not so good), but needless to say whatever I do Grub won't have it, and I have lost count of the times that I have re-recovered the good image. Basically I want to increase the partion sizes to apportion larger partitions to both Win 7 and 11.04 and obviously I'm missing something somewhere.

Fdisk -l -u produces..
Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9f011ed1 .....

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General :: Change From A Dual Boot System To A Single Boot System?

Jul 20, 2010

I just recently installed ubuntu 9.10 in my upstairs computer. It is a single boot system.Downstairs I have a dual boot system. I have windows vista and ubuntu 9.10 installed. It worked fine. I wanted to make this a single boot system and uninstall ubuntu 9.10. I cannot get rid of the grub bootloade

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Ubuntu :: Recover Dual Boot Capability ?

Jul 5, 2011

I am running dual boot Linux Mint/Windows 7 Home Premium on a Dell 560s Computer. Recently, had an event which required me to use the Windows 7 recovery CD to fix my mbr and rebuild it. After doing so I discovered when I boot the computer I know longer have the option to select either Windoze or Linux.

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General :: Recover NTFS Partitions For Windows 7?

Aug 23, 2010

I have installed ubuntu on my notebook, and there are 4 partitons in the hdd, all are NTFS, only one is ext4.

the problem is i deleted some hidden folders(in ubuntu which are not hidden, such as recyclebin and file information table folders) in ntfs partitions, now i need to reinstall the windows 7 back, i have a doubt that even windows will ever recognize those partitions again?

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General :: Windows XP Failed To Boot In Dual Boot System?

Jul 5, 2011

The problem is this: I have a 320gb HDD splitted in 4 partitions. When I first installed Windows XP I formatted the HDD in 3 (Windows system partition, Media partition and another one I left for Linux). However Linux requires another partition for swap. Everything was just fine. One day Windows stopped working and I tried re-installing it. After the system was ready to start, Windows failed to boot with "NTLDR is missing" message. I tried to recover the Master boot record, even replaced NTLDR manually - nothing worked. I read that in order a HDD to be partitioned in more than 3 parts the so called "extended" partitions must be created. I think this may cause the problem but I don't want to wipe out everything (I have more than 100 GB of books most of which are not available anymore in the same locations I have downloaded them)

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Debian Installation :: Recover Grub On A Dual Boot Machine With Encrypted LVM

Oct 16, 2015

My laptop setup is:

sda1: W7
sda2: FAT16
sda3: /boot
sda4: encrypted LVM with debian (everything besides /boot)

now I've re-installed W7 so grub was overwritten. I've tried the procedure which worked for me previously:booting with the netinst usb in rescue mode, choosing a root partition to mount, using grub-install to reinstall the grub:

Code: Select allmount /dev/sda3 /boot
grub-install /dev/sda

Now I'm on Jessie (stable), and this time this fails, and I am able to mount only sda3.grub-install doesn't exit so I'm assuming it has been replaced by `grub-installer'. also '/boot' doesnt exist so I created it manually.

Code: Select allmount /dev/sda3 /boot
grub-installer /dev/sda

The latter fails with
Code: Select all/dev/sda/proc not a directory

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Slackware :: How To Dual Boot 2 Partitions

Apr 22, 2011

Slackware 13.0 32-bit is installed on /dev/sda5 with lilo written to that partition. Everything works and I have a nice lilo boot menu (for a WinXP bootable partion). Recently I installed Slack 13.0 64-bit on /dev/sdb5. This also succeeded (apparently). After reboot I was presented with my old boot menu, selected the 32-bit Linux option (/dev/sda5) and after login went to /etc/lilo.conf where I entered a boot stanza for /dev/sdb5 (64-bit linux), and then ran /sbin/lilo. No errors flagged. After reboot there was a 64-bit entry in the boot menu, but when selected it led to kernel panic. Further although I can mount /dev/sdb5 from the 32-bit partition there is nothing in it except lost+found.

So the current position is that I can't access my 64-bit linux partition (/dev/sdb5) to change anything in it (even boot: root=/dev/sdb5 at the boot prompt doesn't seem to work).how do I obtain access to /dev/sdb5? Second question is what items do I need in the 32-bit lilo.conf boot stanza so as to be able to boot to that 64 linux partition?

PS: OK I noticed one warning when I ran lilo.....

bash-3.1# lilo
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added Slack *
Added Slack64


Maybe the problem is with the 32-bit addressing? How do I get lilo to use LBA32 for the 32-bit partition (/dev/sda5) and LBA64 addressing for the 64-bit partition (/dev/sdb5)?

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Ubuntu :: 9.10 Dual Boot With XP - How To Remove Partitions

Mar 28, 2010

I am running Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot with Windows XP, on my 120GB hard drive I currently have the following partitions

a) 42GB - with WindowsXP installed
b) 10GB - for WindowsXP storage
c) 3.1GB - accidentally made when installing Ubuntu
d) 62GB - With Ubuntu installed
e) 2.7GB - swap space for ubuntu

I very rarely use WinXP and have nothing on b or c, so my question is can I get rid of those partitions to make d 75GB total without having to reinstall Ubuntu?

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Jul 3, 2010

I was running Ubuntu 10.04 as my only OS. I then booted from the Ubuntu CD and divided my HD into two partitions, one for my Ubuntu and the other I formatted to NTFS so I could load Windows. I booted from the Windows CD and installed Windows on the second partition. I am now unable to boot into Ubuntu and I do not have a boot menu at start-up to choose what OS I want. I went back in with my Ubuntu CD and selected the "bootable" option for both partitions through Disk Utility but it still boots only to Windows. If I change the Linux partition to "bootable" and deselect that option from the NTFS partition, my computer starts up and then give the error, "No operating system present." What do I have to do in order to have a boot menu show up that will allow me to choose what OS to use at start-up?

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Ubuntu :: How To Get Rid Of Dual Boot Screen And Partitions

Jan 24, 2011

My brother installed ubuntu earlier this year, ended up not liking it, and somehow managed to delete all the Ubuntu folders from Windows XP without deleting neither the partition nor GRUB (which is what I'm assuming is keeping up the dual boot screens).

Dual boot - windows xp (SP3) and ubuntu
Laptop - Dell Vostro 1510

How do I get rid of the dual boot screen? AND how do I get rid of the partitions? I already tried to run Mbr fixer, but it hasn't worked. When I boot from the Windows XP CD I have, the recovery console doesn't detect the hard drive and therefore can't repair windows. I have the latest version of Kubuntu on hand - will installing this alongside or inside Windows XP wipe out the Ubuntu partitions or will it just create more partitions in the disk?

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General :: How To Make System Dual Boot

Feb 22, 2011

can any one tell me how i can make my system dual boot ie how can i install Linux with XP on my system.

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General :: Making A Dual Boot System

Apr 15, 2011

I have purchased a 500Gb seagate external hard disk.I partitioned it using the xp disk manager. I have now 320gb primary NTFS partition for accessing & storing data through XP & kept 144Gb of unallocated space for installation of Redhat Enterprise Linux 6.0. I have the dvd of RHEL 6.0, now please guide me through the process. I know I have to boot from my dvd drive. But i don't know how to manually allocate & partition the swap, and how much to mount under '/' & under'/boot'.. And also how to set it up for the dual boot.

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Mar 27, 2011

I've been running Fedora 10 since it came out (I'm doing some numerical modeling for my thesis), but I've got some questions about a new box I'm going to build. I am going to build a new 64bit machine, dual boot with Win7 and Poseidon Linux (waiting for the 64bit version to come out later this year).is there an advantage to having each OS reside on a different physical HDD? meaning - 1 hard drive for Win and 1 hard drive for Linux and just decide which HDD to boot when I turn the machine on. -or is it better to have them reside on the same HDD and just have a separate HDD for data / storage? -is there a good resource to describe some optimal architecture's? I've searched through the forums and haven't found anything that concise / on-target / similar. As additional info: this box will be my livelihood, so right now, money is not really an object in terms of HDDs, etc.

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Aug 9, 2010

I hope this is posted in the right forumI have a dual boot ubuntu 10-4 and windows vista each on a separate 500 GB drive.nt to install Windows 7 in place of vista but I understand that there are some issues with grub 2 if vista and linux are already installed.Also can it be done from within Vista as an upgrade without doing a complete reinstall.I also wondered if installing windows 7 as a virtual box would be a better option.only have a few programs that I need to run in windows but I do use them regularly.

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Apr 15, 2010

I have a dual boot system 9.10 and XP. The hard drive is 234. For some reason during the install I only allocated 128 to windows and 16 to ubuntu. Or at least, gparted tells me I have 127.99 NTFS and 104 unallocated (=231G ??).

System monitor tells me I have the following:
/dev/loop0 is ext4 = 16 G total
/dec/sda1 is host = 128 G total
this is 134G total

From windows, the partitioner tells me the same. I have 104 of unallocated disk space and 128 of NTFS. I assume the 16G allocated to ubuntu is inside the 128G?. How do I get that additional 104 into ubuntu without screwing up the MFT of windows. Or can I? Is it as simple as telling gparted to format the space? or will that mess windows up?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Setting Up Partitions For Dual Boot?

Jun 2, 2010

So I wanted to dual boot Ubuntu with Windows 7, but have no idea how to partition out Ubuntu. At the moment, I'm working with a 300GB harddrive that will solely hold installed applications and stuff like that. Any shared/storage data will be put on separate harddrives altogether.

I plan on using a 40-50GB partition for Windows 7 alone (no installed applications and stuff). And here come the questions about Ubuntu partitioning. From what I read, do I only need three separate partitions? (/, /home, /swap) Even then I'm not 100% sure what each of these partitions represent. But my research says... / = equivalent to my Windows 7 partition, /home = the partition where installed applications go and other non-essential Ubuntu stuff, /swap = virtual memory

With all that said, to comfortably run Ubuntu can I have my partitions be these sizes?

/ = 10GB
/home = 20-30GB
/swap = 2GB (Do I even need this if I have 2GB of ram?)
Windows 7 = 40-50GB
W7 Apps = remaining space

I don't know what exactly I want to do with Ubuntu, but is a /home of 20-30GB adequate to install lot's and lot's of apps?

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Ubuntu :: Dual Boot, Sharing Files On Different Partitions?

Jun 28, 2010

Setting up an old machine for some family members that are not so tech savvy. It will dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04. The partitioning is as follows:

sda1 12 Gb ntfs WinXP
sda2 ----- ---- Extended
sda3 10 Gb ext4 Ubuntu


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Jul 27, 2010

I'm setting up a new Dell as dual boot. I'm leaning toward first partition for Windows 7, a second partition that can be accessed from either OS, and an extended partition that will have root, swap, /home, etc. For the partition to be accessible to both, what is the preferred format? I've read that FAT32 or NTFS will suffice. ext4 is what I understand should be set for the linux partitions. For the linux partitions, is there an advantage to setting one or two of the partitions as primary, rather than logical? Also, any clear advantages or disadvantages to having a /boot partition? It is likely I'll only have installed one version of Ubuntu at a time.

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Dec 18, 2010

I'd like to dual-boot it with Windows 7, but I'm not sure exactly how I should set things up. Searching has helped but I would really appreciate advice specific to my scenario. Windows 7 to run a couple games (mainly Starcraft II) and for anything that doesn't run on mac or linux, and Ubuntu to do most of my normal everyday stuff (documents, programming projects, web browsing, listening to music).Hardware: 1TB hard drive, 4GB RAM, AMD Athlon II 435 processor.

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Ubuntu :: Windows XP / Dual Boot - Resize Two Different Partitions?

Jan 6, 2011

I am running a dual boot with XP and Ubuntu - what I want to do is increase the partition size of Ubuntu and reduce XP. When I run " G Parted" it shows both partitions with Xp being NTFS. I guess the boot loader is Grub because Ubuntu takes priority at Boot. I cannot persuade G Parted to allow me to resize the two different partitions. I am using the G Parted Live CD.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Create Partitions For Dual Boot?

Feb 22, 2011

I would like to install Ubuntu in a separate partition. I currently have Windows XP on the C drive.

I have the following config on my Presario Laptop:

60gb SATA hard drive
41.6gb available
3% fragmented

I would like to partition the hard drive to install Ubuntu as a dual boot. how I need to do this or point me in the right direction? I did begin an install from a cd I burned from ISO. I started by just going for the auto installation and what it recommended. However, when I tried to install, I got an error message that changes were uable to be written to disk and had to abort??

Assuming I can get past the error I would like to know how to create the partitions for root, home and swap and how much space for each.

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Aug 29, 2010

I dual boot windows and ubuntu on a particular machine and I'm looking for a comprehensive backup solution. Basically I'm after a single tool to clone the entire drive and do incremental backups with little to no concern for the underlying os.

My first instinct is to set up rsync to do the back up from ubuntu and just mount the windows partition when it does its thing so it backs that up too. Does that sound reasonable or am I missing something? At face value this seems like a reasonable answer, but I can't help but feel like something is "off" with that approach.

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General :: Unable To Configure System For Dual Boot

Jan 8, 2011

I am new Linux, but have already installed a new HDD in my PC and successfully installed Fedora 14. Unfortunately, I am unable to configure my system for dual boot and my PC always boots right up into Windows Vista which is the original OS on my original HDD. I have searched the web, but only find examples of splitting partitions and dual booting into different versions of Windows. I apologize for the simple question, but I am certain that someone in here can point me in the right direction. My intention is to migrate to Linux entirely, but want to learn Linux before completing a full migration.

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General :: Reinstall Ubuntu On A Dual Boot System ?

Feb 22, 2011

On my Ubuntu 10.04.1, the ethernet doesn't work for my dual boot (Windows Vista) machine. I can run Ubuntu 10.04.2 from a USB flash drive & would like to install it over the non working 10.04.1.

My Ubuntu is on my dev/sda6 partition (I think the swap is on sda7) but when I try to install on that partition I get a question about the root.

How do I install Ubuntu on that partition without messing up my Vista. (I did it wrong on my netbook & had to rebuild the whole computer). I think I can delete partitions, expand vista to take all the free space & then reinstall Ubuntu "side by side" but that seems like the hard way.

I don't know how to select the correct options to reinstall Ubuntu without changing the partitions.

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Dec 15, 2010

I had dual boot system with XP as the primary partition. XP became corrupted and I reformatted and made a clean install of this partition which has removed the grub loader for Ub on second partition. Is there any way to get back to Ubuntu without deleting this partition and reloading it from my live disc?

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Debian Installation :: Dual Boot Windows And Linux Partitions

Dec 28, 2015

I have Windows 10 and Deb 8 dual boot, and I need to re-install Windows but want to avoid (or at least plan for) losing Grub/Linux boot.

Last time I re-installed Windows after Linux I ended up having to re-install Linux again afterwards as well, because I couldn't recover it (seemingly due to complications from encryption). So this time I'm wanting to plan and avoid that.


Code: Select allsda1  |  550M   |  EFI System
sda2  |  128M   |  Microsoft reserved
sda3  |  175.8G |  Microsoft basic data
sda4  |  286M   |  Linux filesystem (Boot)
sda5  |  28.2G  |  Linux filesystem (Root)
sda6  |  91.3G  |  Linux filesystem (Home)
sda7  |  1.9G   |  Linux swap

[Code] ....

As there is a "Microsoft Reserved" partition and a separate Microsoft directory within the EFI partition, if I just go ahead and reinstall Windows will it install it's boot loader/image to one of it's own partitions? And NOT affect anything else like Grub and other Linux things?

Logic tells me yes, but there seems to be many issues on the internet about installing Windows after Linux.

My primary concern is whatever happens with Windows or anything to do with dual loading etc, is that Linux will still just boot, or I can get it working again without much hassle.

Why is there a reserved Microsoft partition AND a Microsoft directory in the EFI partition? Which one boots Windows?

Why is there a separate Linux Boot partition AND a Linux directory in the EFI partition? Which one boots Linux? Where is Grub invoked from, is one redundant, etc?

How these work. It is possible I've set them up wrong, or with redundant partitions, but both systems have been booting ok for months.

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