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KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
So I decided to dual-boot Vista and Ubuntu today.

And I opened up the disk management thing
Did the shrinking, and then once I told it to shrink to create a partition, the disk management thing basically just sat there for an hour.


Now in my computer, I still have the view of the drives, but the disk management utility won't open up all the drives, and just says that it's connecting to virtual disk space.

Now Avast tried to update itself, and said there wasn't enough disk space to do so. I still have 300GB free on my main drive.


So how bad did I fuck up and how do I fix it?

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    That's not possible, Linux is perfect and never fucks up
    But seriously, it's never a very good idea to dual boot from the same HD, different ones are always better. I'd recommend a reformat and reinstall.

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I made the partition in vista.


    Ok, I was just following this guide, which didn't exactly warn against it.


    Also, will I be able to reformat/reinstall with an OEM system builders copy? And is that really my only option? It seems that using a Vista utility to do what it is designed to do resulting in a problem that can only be fixed by a format is a little.... odd.

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    wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    did you maybe try rebooting?

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Um.


    Yeah so.



    Rebooting fixed it.



    You'd think I'd try that wouldn't you.


    Fucking hell.

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    1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    For what it's worth, I dual boot Ubuntu and XP Pro on my laptop with the same hard drive, no issues. Grub runs on boot every time in case I need to change what I load. Very simple, installer set up EVERYTHING, even the repartitioning.

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    citizen059citizen059 hello my name is citizen I'm from the InternetRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Obligatory:

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    TokledTokled Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    But seriously, it's never a very good idea to dual boot from the same HD, different ones are always better. I'd recommend a reformat and reinstall.

    What makes you say this? I've been dual booting from separate partitions on the same drive for years and I've never had a problem, nor have I ever heard that it was a bad idea.

    Are you saying its bad to try to boot windows and linux from the same partition? Because I agree that would be a bad idea, if its even possible...

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    StormwatcherStormwatcher Blegh BlughRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Ahaha, I'm sorry, I thought you had rebooted your machine.

    and Tokled, dual booting from the same HD is fine, especially if you divide it in 2 (or more) partitions before installing any OS in it. I actually meant that messing with an already established partition to create another in order to dual boot is kinda risky... I wasn't clear.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    you just have to be careful not to shrink the Windows partition so much that it doesn't have any free space left.

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    GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Tokled wrote: »
    But seriously, it's never a very good idea to dual boot from the same HD, different ones are always better. I'd recommend a reformat and reinstall.

    What makes you say this? I've been dual booting from separate partitions on the same drive for years and I've never had a problem, nor have I ever heard that it was a bad idea.

    Are you saying its bad to try to boot windows and linux from the same partition? Because I agree that would be a bad idea, if its even possible...

    I think it's commonly said not to resize the current Windows partition (with data) to create a second partition to dual boot if you want the Windows install to not break; I've never had an issue starting from two partitions on an otherwise empty hard drive

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    1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    I think it's commonly said not to resize the current Windows partition (with data) to create a second partition to dual boot if you want the Windows install to not break
    But you can using partition magic! Or the Ubuntu installer, whichever you prefer.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    1ddqd wrote: »
    I think it's commonly said not to resize the current Windows partition (with data) to create a second partition to dual boot if you want the Windows install to not break
    But you can using partition magic! Or the Ubuntu installer, whichever you prefer.

    It used to be commonly said not to try resizing the Windows partition. Now it works just fine.

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Wait so if I didn't do anything wrong to make it go wonky and that guide wasn't trying to break my computer...


    How do I do the whole partition to install a dual-boot? Did some sort of cosmic interference prevent me from doing it? Or hell, I've got a two hard drives in there, is it better to install Ubuntu on the second one? Will I still be able to access all drives from all OSs?

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    TokledTokled Registered User regular
    edited September 2008
    Khavall wrote: »
    Wait so if I didn't do anything wrong to make it go wonky and that guide wasn't trying to break my computer...


    How do I do the whole partition to install a dual-boot? Did some sort of cosmic interference prevent me from doing it? Or hell, I've got a two hard drives in there, is it better to install Ubuntu on the second one? Will I still be able to access all drives from all OSs?

    Ubuntu uses an ext3 filesystem which windows is unable to natively access, however there are tools you can install that will allow you to mount it. Assuming your using fat32 or ntfs for windows, ubuntu will be able to access your windows partition without a problem.

    As far as creating your dual boot goes, I highly recommend booting from a ubuntu live cd to access gparted and use that to expand/create partitions (or alternatively download a gparted live cd). Gparted is a pretty simple tool to use. I don't have any experience with the windows disk manager so I can't really say where you might have gone wrong.

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