After Windows cleanup, defrag and creating a partition of unallocated free space from
c: drive; started out with 3 partitions:
- Windows Storage 200MB
- Windows OS 162GB
- Windows Recovery 13GB
- with about 131GB unallocated free space
Inside of Ubuntu 12.04.1 Installer (32-bit, though installed on a 64-bit system) – booted through a USB stick:
- Deleted Windows Recovery partition to free up an extra partition; unallocated free space up to about 145GB
- Added partition of 30GB for Ubuntu ext 4
- Added partition of 8GB for Linux
- Added remainder (~107 GB) into final partition for storage at
/homemount (started out with FAT32)
Tried to continue installation – DENIED because:
The file system type FAT32 cannot be mounted on
/home, because it is not a fully-functional Unix file system. Please choose a different file system, such as
Thus, I switched to
ext4 for the
/home mount storage partition, hoping that I could change it later with Gparted or find some other work-around to enable me to share my folders (docs, music, photos, etc.) between Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.1.
The installation proceeded, yet never asked which partition I wanted to choose to place Ubuntu within. Upon conclusion of install, it auto-rebooted only to have the system freeze up. I forced shut down and manually booted. Instead of giving me the Windows 7/Ubuntu option, it first booted directly into Ubuntu.
Next, I loaded and ran Boot Repair, which informed me that the problem was now resolved. What that provided (after reboot) was the purple GRUB screen with a Ubuntu boot option at the top and a Windows 7 boot option several options down. This does work, but it is not the setup that I have seen (when I test ran Ubuntu through
Wubi) that showed a one or other choice (Ubuntu or Windows) in a more attractive 2-option layout screen (prior to the GRUB screen).
- How do I know if Ubuntu was installed in the appropriate directory?
- Is it installed in
- Also, as it appears (to me anyway), it looks as though my
sda4(that was to be my storage
/homemount partition) is now an extended partition with the
sda5) and the
/homemount partition for file storage/sharing (in
sda6). Is this correct for my needs?
Essentially, I would like:
- The boot option to be in the concise choice (b/w) screen PRIOR to loading through GRUB (is it possible to edit GRUB to achieve this objective?), and
- My partition structure to be correct to enable a work-around for file sharing (Windows/Ubuntu) through a common storage partition (if incorrect for my needs, is it possible to edit within Gparted?).
Listed below please find my
parted terminal information:
john@john-HP-G71-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo fdisk -l [sudo] password for john: Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x8d769ec6 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 409599 203776 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda2 409600 341301247 170445824 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda3 341301248 399894527 29296640 83 Linux /dev/sda4 399896574 625141759 112622593 5 Extended /dev/sda5 399896576 415518719 7811072 82 Linux swap / Solaris /dev/sda6 415520768 625141759 104810496 83 Linux john@john-HP-G71-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo parted -l Model: ATA Hitachi HTS72323 (scsi) Disk /dev/sda: 320GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Number Start End Size Type File system Flags 1 1049kB 210MB 209MB primary ntfs boot 2 210MB 175GB 175GB primary ntfs 3 175GB 205GB 30.0GB primary ext4 4 205GB 320GB 115GB extended 5 205GB 213GB 7999MB logical linux-swap(v1) 6 213GB 320GB 107GB logical ext4