I've used Linux in the past and really want to install it on my current computer alongside my current OS, Win 7 64-bit.
However, when I try (various methods) from the 12.04 liveCD, it can't seem to detect my Windows 7 installation; worse than that when I try to opt for the advanced/custom option instead of "erase entire drive and install Ubuntu", it doesn't detect my hard drive there.
Ubuntu knows the hard drive is there though, because I can open its partitions through the file explorer etc and they automount. GParted knows it's there too, and sees the partitions correctly (though it reports some sort of error with my Windows partition, a couple bad sectors or something and says to run
chkdsk /f from Windows and reboot into it twice).
The hard drive itself, in both Windows and Linux, shows the partitions as:
- 1 is PQService (I assume Windows recovery),
- 1 is SYSTEM RESERVED,
- 1 is C:/Acer(my main windows drive and install etc, and previously
I killed/deleted this partition though after backing up all my data hoping it might make the installer work; alas it does not. I want to install to this free space(roughly 250GB), but...I just don't know how to.
The installer is giving me no options! I've tried looking at other threads, but not had any luck with the information I've found. Would it by any chance be because I'm possibly using a 32-bit Ubuntu live image that it wouldn't/can't detect a 64-bit Win 7 install?
I'm going to try and get a 64-bit image for a LiveCD anyway, hoping it might work but can't try till I get home. If it really persists, I'll just go back to Mint which I used a few years back (assuming it doesn't have the same issue), but I kinda wanted to switch over to Ubuntu.
(just to add the HDD is in MBR)