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    [SOLVED] i have win7/xp, want linux/7. need format advice!


    i have a 160 gb hd with a 100gb partition for win7 and 60gb for xp... i want to format the 60gb partition for ubuntu 9.1. what would be the correct procedure to remove xp and create a raw/ext3 partition?

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Which Windows OS is your main OS? If you have installed Windows XP before Windows 7 then do not delete Windows XP partition. Windows 7 will not boot up after that. In this case, both OSes are using Windows XP bootloader and without Windows XP, Windows 7 will not boot up. I don't know how to fix this problem. I think you have to re-install bootloader or Windows 7.

    If you have installed Windows XP after Windows 7 installation, just boot up from LiveCD of Linux distro of your choice and start installation. In partition Section, delete 60GB Partition, create 3 new partitions.
    1GB, SWAP
    15-20GB, ext for /
    Rest of space, NTFS for data sharing between1 Linux and Windows OS. Continue installation.

    Best of Luck !!
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    i started with xp, split the hd to 60/100 and put xp on the 60. then installed 7, repaired the boot manager and now dual boots great. i was thinking of maybe using easybcd and deleting the xp entry from the bootloader then doing a format with a 3rd party partition manager. prolly have to be a boot disc... or am i better off just doing a backup, 7 install, then linux install?

    edit: i wouldnt mind a tri boot, but im low on space
    got a 10k rpm sata2 and dont want to install an os to
    the old ide

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    Check the contents of boot.ini file of Windows XP. Is there any entry of Windows 7 in it? If yes, then you have to re-install Windows 7. I am not a Windows OS user and I don't know for sure that Windows 7 re-install is necessary.
    In any case, Windows 7 partition must be First Primary Partition of your hard disk. In most cases, Windows OS doesn't boot up fine if you install it in any other partition. I would suggest you to confirm this in Windows Forums.

    Linux installation is very easy. Just make sure that Windows 7 boot up fine after deleting Windows XP partition.
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    If you installed win 7 after xp then you are booting off the win 7 bootloader. I think it is possible to boot vista (and win 7 since it's just an upgrade of vista) from xp but you need to do this manually and it's not a simple process. vista and win 7 do not have the same bootloader as xp and earlier and hence, not boot.ini file is used. It's probably still in your xp partition though

    Your win 7 boot files are probably in the root of the first partition (in your case xp). EasyBCD is probably a good way to go but I'm not really sure how deleting the xp partition would impact booting if your win 7 boot files are at the beginning of its partition. Might take devils caspers suggestion and go to a windows forum.

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    well i removed xp from the bootloader and restored the 7 loader with easybcd... then the fail lol. couldnt load 7 back up (luckily everything was already saved on the external). i ended up rage quiting, and doing a fresh install of 9.1 ubuntu. luckily it found the 7 install and grub now loads 7. one more reason im sticking with linux...

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