Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

New computer with Windows 7 installed, I defrag, shrink, re-boot from Ubuntu LiveUSB, go to gparted and look at partitions before installing Ubuntu....for some reason Win7 is still taking up 400G of my HD!

I resized partition down with gparted, exit and yes of course I can't boot into Windows.

When I go to install Ubuntu in new large unallocated space I get a blank screen at the point you are asked what kind of installation you want.

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LiveUSB, Windows 7 re-installation disk and driver disks also. The HDD currently has 3 allocated partitions: 'diag' fat16, 'recovery' ntfs and 'OS' ntfs which has a red '!' next to it.

share|improve this question

closed as off-topic by Lucio, Avinash Raj, Eric Carvalho, BuZZ-dEE, mikewhatever Jan 24 '14 at 11:11

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This describes a problem that can't be reproduced that seemingly went away on its own or was only relevant to a very specific period of time. It's off-topic as it's unlikely to help future readers." – Lucio, Avinash Raj, Eric Carvalho, BuZZ-dEE, mikewhatever
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Please read OP comment… – Braiam Jan 21 '14 at 12:44
up vote 1 down vote accepted

You should delete all your partitions and make two big partitions (or whatever you want to). One partition for Windows and another one for Linux. If you want to, create a 3º partition to save your personal files with a NTFS format (compatible with both platforms).

After resize your partitions, install Windows first. And then install Ubuntu.

If you want to try to recover some file, take a look at this post

If you have a black screen after the installation, follow the steps mentioned here

If you're still facing troubles, the most probably is that your HDD is damage.

That is all that I can tell you. Hopefully, this will be useful.

share|improve this answer
yes cool. i normally setup 3 partitions, MS-data-ubuntu. ok so i'll try a complete reinstall.thankyou – razzrat Jun 5 '13 at 1:53
unfortunately when i tried to resize partitions using GParted it errored out. As it stands I can't install Ubuntu and I can't get windows to boot. I'm trawling Dell and MS sites to see if I can find something. – razzrat Jun 5 '13 at 14:43
I think that you should change your HDD – Lucio Jun 5 '13 at 21:23
wiped and re-installed windows so now windows works. thanks for help – razzrat Jun 30 '13 at 14:11

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.