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I know there are a lot of posts on this, but I have some specific issues I don't see answered.

I have a machine that has ~600Gb drive, with 5 partitions, that started as a Win7 Dell, and now is a dual boot Win7/Ubuntu. I have validated Acronis backups, which is good as the original drive is just starting to have errors.

The reason I am going thru all this is I am struggling to do an Acronis Recovery to a Samsung 840 SSD, which is only 256GB. Their tool is unhappy trying to create the last partition, and their support person said that is why the machine wont boot

I think a part of my problems stem from the existence of the diagnostics and Recovery partitions:

  1. 102Mb Dell OEM diagnostics partition
  2. 14.65GB NTFS Recovery, primary, active (Dell, but now also being used by GRUB2 as boot)
  3. 354.95GB NTFS OS primary (Win7)
  4. 220.56GB ext2 (I think) (12.04 LTS)
  5. 5.92GB linux swap, primary

Question 1:

If I remove the two Linux partitions, will GRUB be smart enough to see they are gone and allow a boot to Windows?

Question 2:

Maybe it's better that I remove Ubuntu AND Grub, and then do backup/restore?

Thus the recovery won't have Ubuntu, and then I can re-install Ubuntu after the recovery to a smaller NTFS partition.

The Acronis tech thought GRUB was failing.

I dont' know why. I do know that when booting from an Ubuntu USB stick, I can access all of the partitions and their data (the 1st 4 partitions above only, as I can't create the 5th).

Hugely appreciate any thoughts

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I think grub settings will be lost if you delete both the linux partitions. In that case you will need to use Win recovery disk to restore windows 7 bootloader –  Curious Apprentice Feb 16 '13 at 6:37
crap my win7 recovery disk is corrupt - any place to download an ISO? –  makeparts Feb 16 '13 at 14:27
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