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I've had Ubuntu dual booted with Windows XP for awhile now and I think it's time to get rid of windows. How do I do this correctly so I don't mess up my hard drive?

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What do you want to do with the space allocated for XP? – mikewhatever Feb 22 '12 at 2:57
I'd like to add it to the space i have for Ubuntu if that's possible – Loagn Feb 22 '12 at 17:50
The question is too general to answer beyond the usual: have a backup, make sure you know what you do before doing it. If you want a more detailed answer, please post your current partition layout. – mikewhatever Feb 22 '12 at 22:11

The general process for this process is:

  • Ensure you have all of your files backed up
  • Open GParted
  • Identify your Windows partitions, often they will show as being mounted under /media or in a custom location if you specified so in your /etc/fstab.
    You can also match their sizes up to what you expect from what Windows reports
  • Delete the partitions by right-clicking on there listings
  • Expand your Ubuntu partion (will be mounted as /) by right-clicking it

We can provide better directions if we know more about your setup.
Supplying us with sudo fdisk -l will allow us to try to identify your windows partition better

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What do you mean by "match their sizes up.." in your 3rd bullet? Thanks! – itsols May 25 '14 at 1:42
If Windows reports your C: drive to be 60 GB, then GParted should report a partition with roughly the same size. They will be off slightly because one uses 1000MB=GB and the other uses 1024MB=GB – Huckle May 30 '14 at 22:07

Open the disk utility and find your windows partition format it to ext4 partition enter image description here

Then open the the terminal and type

sudo update-grub
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This seems pretty easy. But what happens to the unused space ? Should we use GParted or something like it or is there another way? Thanks! – itsols May 25 '14 at 1:41
unused space? this method. simply format winxp partition – Tachyons May 26 '14 at 7:00

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