Ubuntu :: Cannot Delete Partition Due To Initramfs?

Aug 6, 2011

I am having trouble accessing my computer after abruptly shutting it down because it was booting off of a live CD and I just wanted it to boot of the HDD. When I try to boot up from the normal HDD I used to get a lot of errors about /dev/sda being not found, and then it went to an (initramfs) prompt, from which I could do pretty much nothing. I booted into a live CD, and basically I didn't need any of my data so I wanted to just get rid of the problem partition and reinstall. I attempted to delete the partition, but that didn't work, saying something about /dev/sda being busy (even though I had booted from a live CD and had not mounted the partition).

Anyhow, now when I try to boot from the HDD I get:
"Error: no such partition. grub rescue>"

Basically what I'm trying to do is just get rid of this partition and reinstall, but I keep getting errors about it being busy and not being able to delete the partition. Is there someone with a way to allow me to just blast this partition and reinstall? I've got a windows 7 partition on the same HDD and I'd really like to leave that one alone, but the ext4 and swap partition can just go.

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Ubuntu :: Delete Snow Leopard Partition - Format Swap Disk Partition To Something Else

Feb 23, 2011

I had a drive with a partition layout like so:

~50gig Windows 7 - NTFS
~100gig Ubuntu - EXT3
~100gig Snow Leopard - HFS+
~100gig Extended Partition
-- ~100gig Swap Disk - exFat

I wanted to delete the Snow Leopard partition and format the Swap Disk partition to something else. exFat was causing major file size bloat on small files. QT sdk bloated to like 11 gigs or something ridiculous like that. Anyways, I loaded up an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS live cd and gparted then deleted the Snow Leopard partition. Gparted said "Mission Accomplished" and tried to rescan the drive, but never found it. At this point I restarted the computer, a dell laptop, which didn't boot with an unable to find a bootable device error. The ubuntu live cd doesn't see the drive anymore. gparted scans for drives indefinitely and fdisk -l has no output.

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OpenSUSE :: Delete Files On Data Partition Slow Because Trash Is Located On Home Partition?

Aug 18, 2011

KDE 4.6 - opensuse 11.4.

I have a separate ext4 partition which contains all my data (music, movies, etc). When I delete files from this partition it is very slow because it copies files from my data partition to the Trash folder in my home partition. How can I avoid this? Can't the trash be configured so that it uses a trash folder in each partition instead of copying files to another partition (which is slow).

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Hardware :: Delete Windows Partition And Reinstall Without Affecting Partition?

Jul 24, 2010

I want to wipe out my Windows partition and reinstall due to sluggishness. I plan to use Windows instructions as if it was on a hard drive by itself. Will this affect the multi-boot capability or the Linux partition in any way? Would it be easier to reformat and partition the entire hard drive and re-install both OSes? I use OpenSuse 11.2 and Windows XP.

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Ubuntu :: Delete A Partition Without Formatting?

Jan 3, 2010

Ive got two partitions of xubuntu installed and I only want one. Is there I way I can just delete the one i dont want and use that extra space for the other?

also, how would i know which is which when deleting?

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Apr 27, 2010

I am trying to actually wipe my entire hard drive and figured it may just be easiest to format the hard drive and deleting the partitions. So when I go to System => Administration => Disk Utility => Select the Hard Drive => Click Delete Partition => And I get the error shown in my screenshots. What would be my best way to delete this partition and remove ubuntu completely for the time being. And yes I am using the latest RC. 10.04. However I don't suspect this is a bug.

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Aug 23, 2010

I was wondering...can i delete my current ubuntu partition and the install a newer ubuntu version in it? if so, how do i do this?

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Oct 9, 2010

A few months ago I decided to install ubuntu as a separate partition on my laptop which already had Windows 7. I am finally ready to remove it because I need the extra hard drive space.So: I have downloaded G-Parted and boot from the disk. When i select all the default settings, I am getting a "fatal server error no screens". Anyone have any ideas what to do? Ideally I want to remove the unbuntu partition and give Windows 7 all the HD space.

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Ubuntu :: Unable To Delete The Partition

Jun 2, 2011

i need to get rid of Ubuntu from my laptop but will be putting it back on my main computer. I've followed guides and it showed that you go into computer management and right click on the Ubuntu partition and delete it, but i can't do this. This is what my screen looks like -


When i right click the first partition, all it comes up with is 'Help' and not delete.

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Ubuntu :: Delete A Partition And Use The Free Space For Another OS?

May 25, 2010

OK so basically I have 3 partions on my 500 gb. hdd.

1. Windows 7 64-bit (375gb partion)

2. Ubuntu 9 (50gb partion)

3. Ubuntu 10(75gb partion)

Is there anyway I can remove Ubuntu 9 and allow Windows 7 to use that 50gb that was once used by Ubuntu 9.

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Ubuntu :: Delete Files On Windows 7 Partition?

Jul 1, 2010

I have Ubuntu 10.04 x64 installed and i've mounted both NTFS partitions. The first contains my Windows partition (with Windows 7 on it) and the second contains my backup partition. They are two seperate hardisks.Now, i'm trying to delete files on my Windows partition, but the ability to 'Cut' is greyed out and there's no 'delete' option at all.This only occurs on my Windows partition, but my Backup partition can execute and option; whether delete, cut etc.I assume this is either a settings in Ubuntu or something about Windows that prevents alternate O/S's from messing around with it.So how can I go about enabling the feature to delete from my Windows partition? The idea is to erase all Windows related stuff so I can reinstall Windows.

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May 23, 2011

I'm using 9.10. I want to delete my Windows partition.On System--> Administration there is something called "Disk Utility".Here is a screenshot:Is it as simple as clicking the "delete" button? I thought I would have to do something with the Terminal, though I would prefer not to.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Delete The Partition With Flag Bootable?

Sep 6, 2010

Well I currently have a windows partition currently formatted as ext3 which has the partition flag bootable (It previously had Windows Vista on it). I also have a windows partition with NTFS filesystem with Windows 7 on it which is not bootable because the previously mentioned partition became formatted by me. And I also have more partitions for Ubuntu, which is currently the only OS working.

To show it visually: [URL]

So my question is can I delete the partition called "Inter" and recreate a new partition and format it again with ext3? It has the partition flag bootable, won't I loose all of the partitions this way? It's also the primary partition? Is there a big risk?

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Ubuntu :: Safe To Delete System Reserved Partition?

Nov 8, 2010

i'm running out of partitions, i was thinking if i could get rid of the windows system reserved partition without messing any of my windows 7 OS & the recovering partition. I'm currently using grub2 to boot ubuntu & win 7.

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Ubuntu :: Delete The Previous Partition But It Kept Coming Back

Nov 28, 2010

I recently installed 10.10 netbook remix on my Samsung N150 netbook alongside Windows 7 Starter. At the time of the first installation one of the forward buttons wasn't showing up so I was stuck and had to reboot and restart the installation. This happened after I had made the partition for Ubuntu so when I got back to that stage in installation there was already a partition made. I tried to delete the previous partition but it kept coming back so I made another partition for Ubuntu and installed it.

It was working fine apart from a problem with the right-click and dragging icons. Then I updated the grub and after restarting the machine my grub disappeared and I was left with a black screen with a blinking cursor. I reinstalled Ubuntu again using my external HD with new partitions (the same thing happened where the partitions kept coming back after trying to delete). Now my Windows won't load up and just goes straight to recovery. After I restored it the grub disappeared again.

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Ubuntu :: Delete Current Partition To Install The New Version?

Apr 29, 2011

I am currently dual booting windows 7 and ubuntu linux 10.04. So I downloaded the new 11.04 version of linux onto CD and am trying to install it. How do I delete my current linux partition to install the new version? And for some reason I couldn't upgrade thought the update manager so I have to install by the CD.

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Ubuntu :: Will Acer ERecovery Management Delete The Partition

Jul 9, 2011

I have Ubuntu dual booted with Windows 7 on an Acer Aspire 5736z laptop. When I start Windows, Acer eRecovery Management appears and gives me two options (summarized below):

1. Complete restore to system defaults.


2. Restore the operating system to factory defaults and store my personal files to a backup directory.

Will either of these options fix Windows without killing Ubuntu? If not ... any suggestions on how to recover files from my windows partition?

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Ubuntu :: Delete Partition Trying To Create A New Shared Fat32 One?

Jun 13, 2010

I am having the same problem. I did delete partition trying to create a new shared fat32 one.below fdisk -l screen..I booted from live CD and tried quite a few things already...I think I need a clear direstions for it is getting annoying...

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5906 47437866+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.


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Fedora Installation :: Cannot Delete A Partition?

Sep 5, 2009

I have a 750GB SATA drive. It has a 537GB Unrecognized partition (Palimpsest and LVM say it's FAT16), and the rest of the space on the drive (213GB) is unallocated.Windows cannot delete the unrecognized partition, nor install to it. It just spits out a generic error. I get a more verbose error when I try to delete the unrecognized partition from a Fedora live CD:Quote:

org.freedesktop.DeviceKit.Disks.Error.Failed: Error erasing: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_del_partition: device_file=/dev/sda, offset=1048576
Entering MS-DOS parser (offset=0, size=750156374016)


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Oct 31, 2009

I had to install a new disk drive in my PC a week ago because the old drive died. The new drive is a 160 gig drive. First I installed Win XP with S/P 3 and everything was fine. Then I installed Ubuntu 8.04 and the troubles began. Ubuntu resized the Windows partition down to 8.81 gig and used the other 137.44 gig for Ubuntu. When I booted into Windows I started getting nasty little messages about "not enough disk space". SOOoooo....... I booted using the Ubuntu install CD and ran "sudo gparted" in a terminal window. I tried to resize the ext2 partition but got an unknown error.

Then I ran fixmbr in Windows to get rid of grub. Then I tried running gparted again to delete the ext2 partition. Got an error that said "can't delete the partition because it's mounted". So I tried to unmount the partition but got a message that the command "unmount" could not be found. After that I installed Partition Magic in Windows and tried that. It sees the ext2 partition but says it's unsupported when I try to delete or resize it.

I ran fdisk but it doesn't see the Linux partitions either, so I can't delete them in that program. I finally tried to format the disk but now I have a 9 gig drive with nothing on it. How do I get those Linux partitions off the drive so I will have a 160 gig drive that I can start over with? I've spent 6 days this week reinstalling XP and all of my programs, and now everything is gone because Ubuntu decided to be a disk hog.

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Dec 21, 2010

How can I delete all the existing partitions on a HDD?I tried using the following command:/bin/dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sda bs=1M count=10This does delete the partition tables but when I use fdisk to create new partitions, then I format those using mkfs.ntfs then the partitions are not seen by Windows.Is there any other way to remove all existing paritions from a HDD?

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Ubuntu :: Delete The Windows Partition Without Formatting The Whole Hard Drive

Sep 27, 2010

I didn't know how to Make a cd image out of the Ubuntu iso so I made a seperate partition in my drive.Now I'm wondering how to delete the windows partition without formatting the whole hard drive.how to create a bootable cd image

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Ubuntu :: Boot From Small Live CD Like Partedmagic / Delete Partition

Dec 25, 2010

I've read this thread: linuxforums.org/forum/ubuntu-linux/114705-want-remove-linux-mint.html.Can I follow the procedure that daark.child has outlined?

1. Boot from a small live CD like partedmagic and delete Linux partition.
2. Free space into NTFS with the same small live CD.
3. Remove GRUB by booting from supergrub disk and choosing the option to remove GRUB.

I don't have my Windows Installation CD with me, so can I remove Linux Mint just by following these steps?

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General :: Delete System Partition In Windows?

Aug 27, 2010

I'm running Win 7 and installed pcLinux as a dual boot. I uninstalled linux to change disks but the partition still shows in the windows disk manager taking up space I need for windows programs. I have installed linux on another disk but cannot delete the partition on the windows disk.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Delete The Windows Partition?

Aug 4, 2010

After having successfully downloaded and burned 11.3 ISO to DVD, i'm off to doing dangerous things: trying to install this on my work laptop which has Win XP SP3. when the partitioning stuff comes up, it suggests deleting the windows partition.
i have tried various options in terms of editing/resizing existing partitions and have always gotten errors. Just want to confirm: if I delete the windows partition, i'll lose my Win XP and all the data i have. Is that right?

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Mar 6, 2011

I am attempting to make my HP DV6000 laptop dual boot with WinXP and OpenSuse 11.3. I've upgraded the hard drive in this system to 500GB and have WinXP in a 100GB primary partition. There is also a 12GB system recovery logical partition. In preparation for Linux, I used the Windows disk manager to create a 50GB primary partition. I've defragged and run check disk on both of the primary partitions and found no problems.

For the Linux install, I downloaded the OpenSuse 11.3 DVD image using metalink and DownLoadThemAll so I'm pretty confident I got a good image. I burned it to a DVD, verified that, then verified the install image using the openSuse installer. Everything looks good. When I attempt to do the install of Linux however, the suggested partitioning says that it wants to delete partitions /dev/sda1 (99.06GB), /dev/sda2 (48.83GB) and /dev/sda3 (11.72GB). In each case, it says resize is impossible due to inconsistent fs, Try checking under windows.

It then says that it wants to create three new volumes for /dev/sda1 (2.01 GB), /dev/sda2 (20.00GB) and /dev/sda3 (443.75 GB). In other words, it wants to devote the entire disk to Linux.

I thought that I would be able to tell it to install Linux in the 50GB partition that I had created for it and that it would subdivide that into volumes as appropriate. If it wanted to delete that partition and create a new one that would be fine too, but I don't understand why it thinks that it needs to delete the WinXP and recovery partitions.

Is there a way I can work around this by using either the Create Partition Setup or Edit Partition Setup options available in the installer? Or better yet, is there something I can do via windows partitioning before I install that will prevent it from wanting to delete my windows partitions in the first place?

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Jan 9, 2010

I just wanted to post this in case it helps anyone else. I have all my personal files (photos, documents, etc.) saved on a separate ext3 partition (so I don't have to worry about them on new installs, etc.). When I tried to delete files, however, I always received the message: "Cannot move file to trash, do you want to delete immediately?".

After much searching and failed fix attempts (mostly unnecessary messing with fstab), I found this post, which is now archived (or I would have replied there):ttp://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=759544. And frediE's solution, with a couple tiny modifications, finally solved the problem! (So huge thanks to frediE! ). irst, I found my user id, which is 1000, by going to the System > Administration > Users and Groups menu, selecting my user name (e.g. jnewm), clicking "Properties", andselecting "Advanced".

Second, I created a folder on the root of my partition called ".Trash-1000". (I may have needed to use "gksu nautilus" from a terminal to create the folder, I don't recall.)Third and last, I navigated to the root of the partition in my terminal and ran: sudo chown -R jnewm:jnewm .Trash-1000. Followed by: sudo chmod -R jnewm .Trash-1000 (I doubt this second step was necessary, but I'm listing it just in case). (confirmed unnecessary)

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Aug 22, 2010

have set up a server with OS on a 250GB disk (sdd) and 3x 1.5TB drives for a RAID5 storage setup (sda, sdb and sdc).Using webmin I can delete and create a primary partition in each one. But while I can also format sda and sdc, it refuses to do sdb for some reason:Executing command mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdb1 ; partprobe ..mke2fs 1.41.11 (14-Mar-2010)
/dev/sdb1 is apparently in use by the system; will not make a filesystem here!

But I'm not using it
simon@ubuntu:~$ lsof | grep /dev/sdb
simon@ubuntu:~$ lsof | grep /dev/sdb1


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Dec 5, 2010

i currently have both xubuntu 10.10 32-bit and windows 7 64-bit installed on my laptop which i use mostly for college work and basic programming (i'm still learning to program).i have a 150gb partition with win7 installed, a 20gb partition with xubuntu installed and a 15gb partition with my linux home folder on, the rest of the space is unused because i thought i may need it for something else in the future.the home folder partition is formatted to etc4, i now have a need to access this data from win7 for college work, i know that windows doesn't support mounting of etc file systems so i have hit a problem.

i thought about changing the type of partition from a ect4 to fat32 but will this delete my data? or ,are there any third party software packages for windows that will allow me to mount ect4?

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Jul 6, 2011

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