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What I am trying to do couldn't be more logical I think. I have a 40gb drive with two partitions, Xp and Ubuntu. I have dual boot, everything boots and works perfectly. I have about 9gb free in the Windows partition

When I run Gparted I only see 40gb unallocated space, booting from Gparted Live CD. What the hell is going on ? I've read everywhere this is a common problem, however it has no sense something like this remains unsolved by gparted developers, considering what I am trying to do is the very basic step anybody wanting to migrate from Windows to Linux would od

Something like this honestly doesn't give anything else than frustration Could anybody on this forum be so kind to explain whats' going on ? Thanks

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Actually what are you going to do?, delete XP partition? use Disk utility instead of gparted and scan drives. is it the same? –  Prasad RD Apr 14 '12 at 4:09
    
mayby GNOMEparted (Gparted) not for the UNITY interface? –  user108625 Nov 16 '12 at 19:35
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Your partition table is probably bad. DO NOT write a new partition table or you will wipe out your hard drive!

The solution is repairing it. You can first try using testdisk and rewriting it, if it doesn't work you can use

fdisk -l

To check for problems on your hard drive.

For more information, see

man fdisk

OR you can look at this forum post.

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Thanks for your replies. Prasad: I am basically trying to allocate some of those 9gb into the linux partition, basically resizing Linux partition to take advantage of the free space. The problem at this point is not that, but that I can't even see anything in Gparted. sudo fdisk -lu shows everything correct to me . What testdisk basically does ? –  Diego Apr 14 '12 at 4:16
    
@Diego Test disk is a utility to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again. You can find more info about Test disk at cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk. –  Ravi Apr 14 '12 at 4:25
    
Just to be clear: you didn't install Ubuntu inside Windows, that is through WUBI, did you? –  Kelley Apr 14 '12 at 4:27
    
Of course not, I installed Ubuntu from the CD. In fact, during Ubuntu 11.10 installation I was perfectly able to go through the setup to separate about 5gb from the windows partition (I had only one NTFS partition at that time) in order to install Ubuntu .Everything just ran fine. The problem is just now, running GParted –  Diego Apr 14 '12 at 4:34
    
@Diego Your partition table is somehow corrupted, that's why Gparted is displaying your partitions as unallocated space.... –  Ravi Apr 14 '12 at 4:39
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