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I have a screwed up partition setup. I want to eliminate some partitions, move my / and /home to primary rather than logical area, and in general clean up the ...
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    Change partitions and reinstall UBUNTU


    I have a screwed up partition setup. I want to eliminate some partitions, move my / and /home to primary rather than logical area, and in general clean up the mess. Right now I have / in sda10, /home in sda11, swap in sda8 and Windows XP at the beginning. The rest of the disk can be cleared out IMNSHO. I created the /home so that I could reinstall Ubuntu without losing my files.

    What I would like to do is reinstall Ubuntu in sda3, move /home to sda4 and clear out the rest of the disk except for Windows XP. How do I reinstall and then link the new install to the /home already existing? How do I also do the reinstall and get the Grub to use the new install instead of the old one? When I do the reinstall do I need to create a new /swap? I have looked and some of it makes sense but it is the linking of new and old files that I find confusing.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.

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    Well if you try what you are proposing you will run into the problem that you can only have 4 primary partitions and one of them will contain all the extended partitions.
    Backup your /home partition and start over using extended partitions is my advice
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