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I recently deleted ubuntu off of my laptop because I was having issues with it. I tried reinstalling a Lubuntu duel boot with windows 7. When trying to install I ...
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    Please help. *Resize operation failure*


    I recently deleted ubuntu off of my laptop because I was having issues with it. I tried reinstalling a Lubuntu duel boot with windows 7. When trying to install I received a message that said,

    "Resize operation failure. An error occurred while writing the changes to the storage devices. The resize operation has been aborted."

    Can someone please walk me through on how to fix this? I am nowhere near a genius when it comes to this stuff, but I can follow directions so assume I don't know much. Thank you.

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    Are you using GParted on the Lubuntu installation medium? It should be on the CD. Do you still have a Linux partition? You should be able to do this by booting with Lubuntu and opening a terminal and typing the following command: sudo fdisk -l(Lower Case Letter L in the command)
    Look at the output. You should have something similar to the output below, the far right column should show 'Linux'. You should be able to resize/shrink the windows partition from withing windows 7 if you do not have a Linux partition. If you do have a Linux partition, note the first column. In the example below, it shows dev/sda5. Check your output to see which partition you have as Linux if it is not 'sda5'. When you begin the installation, select the 'Something Else', Manual or Expert option so you can select to install Lubuntu to your old Ubuntu partition. Check also to see if you have a swap partition indicated in the fdisk output.

    dev/sda5 82959723 123282809 20161543+ 83 Linux

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    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: 0x9deb38f3

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 3074047 1536000 27 Hidden NTFS WinRE
    /dev/sda2 3074048 946309119 471617536 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
    /dev/sda3 946309120 976773119 15232000 17 Hidden HPFS/NTFS

    Disk /dev/sdb: 4016 MB, 4016046080 bytes
    128 heads, 25 sectors/track, 2451 cylinders, total 7843840 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: 0xc3072e18

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 8 7843839 3921916 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


    I don't know what any of this means haha. What should I do? Thank you for your help.

    Also, when I try to install it says I have multiple operating systems installed (I'm not sure if that information is usefull to you).
    Last edited by mantonio91; 12-27-2013 at 03:18 AM. Reason: add something

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    The output above shows you have a 500GB drive with three windows partitions including a Recovery partitions (sda1) and 2 other system/data partitions. You can shrink one of them to create unallocated space from within windows by going to the Control Panel, Selecting Administrative Tools, Computer Management, Storage, Disk Management, More Actions on the far right then click the arrow to get All Tasks Shrink Volume and select the volume here. If you don't see those options on your windows 7, you could try doing an online search to shrink a windows partition. Usually works better to shrink a windows partition from windows although it should work with GParted on Lubuntu.

    The partitions shown above from fdisk (sda1, sda2, sda3) will not show in windows as such but rather as C, D, E or some other letter so you will have to decide which partition to shrink based on the size shown. The 2nd partition (sda2) is the largest.

    You haven't indicated whether you can still boot windows?

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