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Im trying to clean up my drive as I've got some duplicates of 11.10 installed. My original install was messed up so I reinstalled (foolishly thinking it would just write over the original). I lived with it for a while before deciding to delete the partition to use the space as a storage for files I also want in windows (its a dual boot). After deleting the partition and updating grub (grub said everything was fine). I rebooted, only to be faced with grub rescue. After another install I've still got two ubuntu's. Someone please help....

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Thanks for the answers guys, will give it a shot once I retrieve my live usb. – Gderp Jun 6 '12 at 17:22

Did you use only update-grub2 after deleting the partition?
If that is the case then after deleting another partition, try sudo grub-install /dev/sdx where sdx is the HDD where the current Ubuntu installation resides.e.g. sda if first hard disk. Then do a sudo update-grub2. In this way, you'll be sure that you are updating the grub from current installation and not the other one.

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Go CD or USB live, open Gparted and you will ave a complete table of your partitions, from there erase the partition you want to remove and expand to full disk the partition you want to keep.

T be sure to not face again grub rescue type in terminal:

sudo grub-install /dev/sdx

where sdx stands for the name of your disk, example:

sudo grub-install /dev/sda

then run:

sudo update-grub

and everything will be all fine.

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