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:
- 102Mb Dell OEM diagnostics partition
- 14.65GB NTFS Recovery, primary, active (Dell, but now also being used by GRUB2 as boot)
- 354.95GB NTFS OS primary (Win7)
- 220.56GB ext2 (I think) (12.04 LTS)
- 5.92GB linux swap, primary
If I remove the two Linux partitions, will GRUB be smart enough to see they are gone and allow a boot to Windows?
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