New Ubuntu install alongside Windows 7

I am just about to install Ubuntu 14 alongside Windows 7 on a friend’s PC but have hit a snag.
I couldn’t get Windows to start so haven’t been able to back up the files, but from previous experience knew that I could install Ubuntu alongside Windows and copy the files across. However…

When starting the install, I was informed that the disk was partitioned and if I chose to “unmount” I would not be able to resize the partitions later - so I chose not to unmount. then the choices were:

  1. Install Ubuntu inside Windows 7
  2. Replace Windows with Ubuntu

which is not what I was expecting. Ultimately I want to remove windows so installing alongside Windows was what I wanted.
Am I doing something wrongly?

So are you expecting Linux to fix the broken Windows install ?

Why not just boot to a LiveCD/LiveUSB … then backup whatever you want to keep from windows to an external drive.

Otherwise you’ll need to select “Something Else” and manually set up your partition scheme and where to put Ubuntu and the bootloader.

I am running the live USB. The desktop lists:
1.“105MB Volume”
2. “Recover”
3. “Boot”
The 105MB volume lists only Boot, System Volume info and bootmgr. I can’t see any user files at all.

What’s the output from:

sudo fdsik -l


sudo blkid

As you know I am a bit slow witted - I have found the files!
But I shall try your suggestions in order to be sure about the partitioning.
Back in a mo.


Here are the outputs:

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 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: 0x2bd2c32a

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 206848 1888509951 944151552 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 1888509952 1951424511 31457280 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4 1951424512 1953523119 1049304 12 Compaq diagnostics

Disk /dev/sde: 2004 MB, 2004877312 bytes
62 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1018 cylinders, total 3915776 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: 0x00088215

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sde1 * 62 3913191 1956565 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID=“EAD8369AD83664CB” TYPE=“ntfs”
/dev/sda2: LABEL=“Boot” UUID=“F2CA8FE3CA8FA289” TYPE=“ntfs”
/dev/sda3: LABEL=“Recover” UUID=“BA5291285290EB01” TYPE=“ntfs”
/dev/sda4: UUID=“380C07230C06DC2E” TYPE=“ntfs”
/dev/loop0: TYPE=“squashfs”
/dev/sde1: UUID=“4BD3-AC0A” TYPE=“vfat”

OK, looks like /dev/sda2 is your windows partition (even though it’s labelled “boot”)

But the real questions are:-

As you say you’ve now found the files … do you still require assistance ?

If so, What with ?

If I install over Windows, what will the install do with all the partitions? Or ought I to do something about them myself?

If you choose “Install over Windows” the installer will wipe the WHOLE hard drive (including ALL partitions), and install as a single OS in 2 partitions / and a swap partition.

The installer used to call it “Use the whole disk” … which IMHO was clearer.
(in fact some people are calling this changing of the text a bug)

But there’s nothing stopping you using GParted from the LiveCD/LiveUSB to delete the partitions first if you choose :wink:

Very many thanks for your help, Mark.
I’ll get on with the install now.


You’re welcome :slight_smile:

Just for clarity, please re-read my last response … I added a bit :slight_smile:

Yes, I did see it but I decided not to tempt fate by using GParted until I’ve had some experience of using it on a really spare PC. After all, you know how easily I screw things up!

“Install over Windows” should do what you want :slight_smile:

If “what you want” is to wipe the whole drive and install Ubuntu ONLY.

Worked like a charm!
My lady friend is, and I quote, “ecstatic”! Her Windows 7 system was unworkable and the whole Linux installation took less time than doing the simplest Windows task.

The phrase “Brownie Points” springs to mind.
Many thanks, as usual.

You’re most welcome :slight_smile: