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please help i m new to ubuntu and want to switch from windows to ubuntu

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by jasneet, Oct 6, 2008.

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  1. jasneet

    jasneet Thread Starter

    Sep 18, 2008
    i was using windows and ubuntu both
    i installed ubuntu after windows and imported all the data from windows
    recently i got some serious errors in my windows and i could not correct those errors and today i m not able to start my windows

    now i want to use only ubuntu i want to delete windows

    hard disk's partition description when only windows were on hard disk
    c: 15 gb containing windows
    d: 36 gb some data
    e: 36 gb some data
    f: 36 gb some dta
    30 gb of my hard disk was raw

    i installed ubuntu on that raw memory and partioned that part of memory according to the instructions from the installer guide
    i think 5 gb of that 30 gb was used for coping operating system files
    and remaining 25 gb(which i thought that i will use for working with ubuntu) became lost and found(i m not allowed to use that space i dont know why?)

    now my questions are:

    1. how to remove windows without losing my data which i saved using windows on partitions made using windows. I have imported that data into linux while installing linux?

    2. how i can make that memory in lost and found usable?
  2. CloudCutter


    Oct 13, 2006
    How large is the amount of data you want to save? If it will fit on a CD-R or DVD-R (if the system has one), you can reinstall Ubuntu on the same partition as before, import the data to Ubuntu as you did before, and burn it to disc. Then you can either expand the partition using gparted, or wipe the drive and start fresh. If you can't (or don't want to) do that, you can just use gparted to wipe all but the partition containing the desired data, install Ubuntu on the newly available space, import the data to the primary Ubuntu partition, and merge the old partition, make a new one, or leave it alone.

    If you haven't done so already, I would recommend downloading and burning Parted Magic to disc.

  3. chatterjee


    Jul 12, 2005
    Download and install Gparted Live and burn it on to a CD.Boot using the CD and format the other partitions including tthat of Windows to Fat32 or ext3(i.e any filesystem recognised by Ubuntu).Edit the GRUB if need be.
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