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Delete or move OEM partition on ASUS laptop

I bought an ASUS laptop (S550C) and I was planning to install Linux alongside Windows 8 (Win8 comes preinstalled) in dual-boot. The laptop has two hard drives and they come partitioned in the ...
0
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2answers
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OS Installation order

I have a laptop with a blank hard drive and I want to install Windows 8.1 Pro along with Ubuntu 14.04 (dual-boot) Which should I install first?? But before I install anything, I'm going to split the ...
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1answer
76 views

Windows 8.1 / Ubuntu 14 dual boot partition mystery

I clean installed windows 8.1 on a new 1TB HD. During which I created a 120G partition for windows to live on. (it also creates a small 350M system partition by default). Next, using a LIVE CD I ...
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1answer
59 views

dual-boot of mint and windows 8.1 doesnt work - mint doesnt appear

I got a new laptop and installed Linux Mint 17 MATE and Windows 8.1. I want to use dual-boot so that I can choose at start-up which OS will appear. Now only the Windows appears and I dont get asked to ...
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1answer
65 views

How to repair Windows partition after moving GRUB in different disk

I had a dual boot setup with Windows 8 and Ubuntu. The laptop has a normal HDD and a smaller SSD. Both OS were on the HDD. I decided to make a clean install of a newer version of Ubuntu on the SSD. ...
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26 views

Multiple Boot Manager [closed]

My computer dual boots with Windows 8 and Ubuntu on separate partitions. I am planning to install Mac OS X on another partition, but I need a better way to manage the boot options if I add more boot ...
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0answers
46 views

where are the second stage bootloader and partition table is stored in the case of multiple bootable hard drives

I have some doubt on the booting process. Lets suppose I have two bootable hard drives and each hard drive has 3 partition, having 3 different operating system installed. Now my questions are: How ...
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0answers
24 views

NTDETECT failed while installing XP

The first installation on my laptop is Ubuntu. Now, I need to dual boot windows XP along with Ubuntu. I have an windows XP installation image on hard disk. I have created a bootable USB stick from the ...
0
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1answer
66 views

Disk partition order concern for dual booting Windows 8.1 and Windows 7

When dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on a UEFI system with GPT Disk, is the order of the partition, on which I install the OSes, of any concern? Previously, after the EFI Sytem Partition and ...
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1answer
18 views

Dual boot repair after a reinstall

I have (had) a dual boot desktop with W7 and W8. I installed a new SSD, and after days of failed attempts at cloning using several different software options, I gave up. So I did a clean install of ...
2
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2answers
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Ubuntu 14.04 installer doesn't show existing partitions

I am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 alongside Windows 7. I have a 500 GB hard disk split into 3 partitions. I am installing Ubuntu from a live USB drive. But I am stuck at the "Installation type" ...
2
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1answer
104 views

Multiple Windows installers on a USB stick

I've recently got my hands on one of those SanDisk Extreme 64GB sticks and started tinkering with it. During this story, please keep in mind that this is a model where removable bit is set to 0 (which ...
1
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1answer
50 views

Move Windows 7 BCD to another disk

I have installed a Windows 7 on a SSD disk on a system containing two disks: The SSD and HDD. I have found however after installation that despite my boot disk is the SSD (that is, where my Windows 7 ...
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0answers
28 views

Dual boot W7 64bit + Ubuntu, W7 does not boot

Dual boot W7 64bit + Ubuntu installed. Ubuntu appears to work fine, but W7 will not boot. I downloaded boot repair and did the recommended repair. That did not work. I now have 6 partitions: ...
0
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1answer
21 views

Recovering HDD Space From Failed Linux Install

I had a dual-boot (Windows/Linux) on my laptop a while back, but the Linux partition became corrupted when I tried to install a different version of Linux and overwrite the previous one. How do I ...
7
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3answers
816 views

Is it possible to boot Windows 8.1 without its own bootmanager?

I have been trying to come up with an easier way of installing Windows and Linux dual booting on my laptop, not necessarily in that order. What we generally have to do is install Windows first, and ...
7
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2answers
697 views

Partitioning a hard drive

Is there a way to split a hard drive into more than 4 primary partitions? I am installing multiple OSs, and it would make life a lot easier if there was a way to do this. My hard drive is 1TB.
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2answers
1k views

Dual booting windows 7 and 8.1

Currently I have a pc with Windows 7 installed on it. I have a disk with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit which I would like to dual boot with the current Windows 7. After searching on google I found this ...
0
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0answers
150 views

How can I dual boot win7 uefi+gpt preinstalled with Mint 13?

On another thread (make uefi gpt bootloader ssd usb linux and windows work together) they seems to be successful. On my laptop, the only way to install windows is with the image disks I made when I ...
2
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1answer
916 views

Partition problems after resizing

EDIT3 This might be quite the hopeless case, so I posted another method that is simpler, but still need some help with. will this work? backup partition contents of both linux and windows I've ...
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0answers
144 views

Arch Linux - Partitions and Mount on Clean Windows 8 Dual Boot

I'm trying to install a Arch Linux dual boot config with a copy of Windows 8 I clean installed and added programs to. I've already shrunk the partition and changed the system time to UTC, but I'm ...
0
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2answers
73 views

Partitions of a quad-boot system with Linux & Windows

I plan on having a quad boot configuration, with 3 linux distros and a single Windows 7. How would you divide the partitions? I already plan on having separate partitions as the following: /boot, ...
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2answers
126 views

Install two linux distribution Dual boot

I have planned to install two linux(Fedora) distributions. For First Fedora installation, I have partition in this manner: LVM volume group VolGroup lv_root / ext4 lv_swap ...
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0answers
297 views

Recovering HDD partition table using Testdisk

I have a total of 4 operating systems installed on my notebook. I use a WD Blue 1TB 2.5" internal HDD. The installed OSes are Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Ubuntu. Of these, Windows XP only boots when I ...
0
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0answers
433 views

Restore my system to factory settings

I have SONY VAIO with windows 7 pre installed. I have installed the UBUNTU in other partition to work as dual boot. I am trying now to restore the factory settings with ALT + F10 which is not working ...
0
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1answer
89 views

Shrink/Remove dual boot partition Windows XP(or 7)/ RHEL

A colleague has a dual boot laptop with Windows XP or 7 (not sure yet) on one partition and RHEL 5.8 on the second. The RHEL partition is rarely used and the windows partition will soon reach its ...
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2answers
102 views

Move an existing Linux install to a new multiboot setup

I have an Ubuntu 10.04 LTS installation on a failing hard drive (I already have my data backed up so that is not an issue.) I want to move the current Ubuntu install intact to a new hard drive. The ...
0
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0answers
271 views

Mac: MediaKit reports no such partition (dual boot with linux)

I am trying to update to OSX Maverick on my Mac, but i cant install it since it says "Disk cannot be used to start the computer", when i choose Machintosh HD as installation disk. I searched around a ...
0
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2answers
230 views

Install Arch Linux on a already dual booted system

I am currently dual booting Windows Vista with CentOS. I need to replace CentOS with Arch and I am using Grub as the bootloader. Is it possible to install Arch without disturbing Windows partitions. ...
0
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0answers
95 views

Adding my Windows 7 partition to Grub - Debian 7.1

I was working to remove my Debian 7.1, since the VMWare compatibility matrix shows I need to use 6.*. While re-partitioning, it looks like I've made it impossible for GRUB to locate the Win7 ...
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1answer
192 views

Windows 8 offers to format Linux partition [duplicate]

I installed Windows 8 and Linux dual boot on UEFI system. Windows 8 recognizes Linux (btrfs) partitions as unformatted D: and E: and offers to format them when I accidentally click on them. I'm used ...
0
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1answer
84 views

Pre installed Windows with separate boot partition. Is it safe to format boot?

I have bought a PC with pre-installed Windows 8. When I booted to Parted Magic I see windows uses a separate boot partition. Is it safe to format it to ext2 and install grub there? Will chainloader ...
0
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1answer
30 views

While moving partitions, 2gb of unallocated space lost

While I was moving a partition to the right, I clicked on something and crashed GParted. When GParted started up again, the 2gb of unallocated space was gone, and it said that my harddrive was 2gb ...
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2answers
1k views

Are partitions to the inner/outer edge significantly faster

Some linux dual/multi-boot tutorials / general partitioning tutorials say that the inner side of a hard disk is faster than the outer side so partitions towards the outside tend to be slower while ...
0
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0answers
44 views

windows drive is shown as free space whie installing ubuntu

My problem is I have this Lenovo G580 with default OS as Ubuntu. I formatted this recently to freshly install Windows 8 and Ubuntu. Windows 8 is installed and when I run Ubuntu live usb, at the ...
0
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0answers
190 views

Filesystem for use on Linux/Windows dualboot

I have setup the following disk configuration Windows 7 boot partition ; NTFS ; Windows 7 and its drivers is stored here ; - ; C: Linux boot partition ; ext3 ; Boot files required by linux ; ...
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1answer
93 views

How to boot into Ubuntu 13 via Windows 7?

My Disk Manager: I installed XP on the first partition. (Drive D) I installed Windows 7 (64 bit) on the second partition. (Drive C) I installed EasyBCD 2.2 on the Windows 7 At this point my daul ...
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2answers
789 views

How to make an HFS+ partition bootable on Intel Macs

I'm curious about the installation procedure used when you Dual Boot two versions of OS X. From what I understand, when you install a fresh OS X system the installer copies all the required files ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

What are hidden partitions on a Samsung laptop for?

I have just found two hidden partitions on my Samsung laptop running Windows 7: File System Label Size Flags ntfs SYSTEM 100Mb boot %hidden ...
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1answer
277 views

re-install windows 8 into a partition on a OEM machine for dual boot (ubuntu)

I have a queation, that I considered rather "simple" until I just didn't get to fix it :/ Since I'm assuming there will be more people facing this problem in the future, I'll just ask here. I bought ...
0
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1answer
1k views

Remove one OS X installation from OS X dual boot

I have a mid-2012 Macbook Air 11" with a 128GB SSD. On it have two installs of OS X. One of Mountain Lion (10.8) and one of Mavericks (10.9). I want to remove the Mountain Lion install so I can use ...
2
votes
3answers
111 views

Dual Booting Windows 8 with Windows ME

well Hello, all. I've decided to create a separate FAT32 partition of about 20GB on an unused drive in my computer so I can use Windows ME on it. I've got the ISO for ME and I'm ready to boot to ...
1
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1answer
424 views

Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu on separate drives with shared data access

So I have read through articles such as this one, but none that I have read through seem to walk me through a setup that I want, and that I hope is possible without some crazy preparation. The article ...
2
votes
1answer
923 views

Install Debian stable linux ISO from USB to dual boot Windows

I want debian as dual boot with my windows vista, Free'd up 50GB in my d drive. Plan to use 40 for debian install, 6GB for swap space Have a 16GB USB drive Downloaded ...
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1answer
169 views

Add Win7 install to Ubuntu (dual-boot)

I have decided I want my netbook (Acer D270) to be able to boot to Windows, besides my current Linux (Kubuntu) install. The thing I've learned in the past is if you want a dual boot system you should ...
0
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1answer
165 views

Safe backup/restore of Linux partitions in a Windows /Linux dual boot setup using a recovery partition

I have a dual-boot laptop (Windows 7/Kubuntu 12.04) with an IDE spinning-rust disk. I'd like to reinstall Windows. The problem is that the only medium for that is a factory-installed recovery ...
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2answers
762 views

How do I create a dual/multiboot of Windows and GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, etc?

Because of reoccuring questions about dualboot of GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows, an authoritative general guide is needed as a reference for users asking about dualboot/multiboot. Necessary ...
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1answer
87 views

How to dual boot Ubuntu/Win7 without password?

I have Win 7 ultimate on my C drive with a primary partition of 50GB. There is currently 14GB free. Is it possible to install Ubuntu side-by-side with existing win 7 on the same drive without ...
0
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2answers
553 views

extending a triple boot system: quad boot and beyond?

I have a working triple boot system using Refit, that is modeled closely after the steps detailed in https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MactelSupportTeam/AppleIntelInstallation, except that I'm using ...
0
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3answers
293 views

installing MS-DOS on new computer

I am going to install MS DOS 6.22 and Windows 3.11 on my new Lenovo IdeaPad U410 laptop just for fun and just to prove myself I can do it. I want to ask if I can expect some problems? And if so then ...