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I had Windows 7 Installed on my device. My NTFS partitions were System reserved, C (Windows), D (Family and personal files) and after that I had ext4 for Ubuntu and at last there was a swap area.

I formatted my Windows drive (C:) to install windows 7 SP1. I didn't pay attention to system reserved partition and I removed that. When I installed Windows my partitions changed to this:

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I want to use Ubuntu and Windows. but in installation, Its not important for me to format or remove Windows (C:), I don't want to lose my Family (D:) files.

  • Is it safe (for my files) to install Ubuntu alongside Windows?
  • How about removing Ubuntu? Can we format (C:)?

note:The Ubuntu installation doesn't allow me to have swap area and ext4 together.

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There isn't enough information to tell what partiton can be deleted. Eg. Why are you willing to format C:? You seem to have just have installed Windows 7 a second time there. –  MadMike Oct 4 '13 at 15:15
    
I used a portable external HDD. My problem solved. But if there is answer for this problem, you can share for others. –  Mohammad Reza Tayyebi Oct 5 '13 at 13:47
    
Pay attention that installation doesn't allow me to install Ubuntu alongside windows. –  Mohammad Reza Tayyebi Oct 5 '13 at 13:48
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If you only care about Family(D:), why not start reformatting withh Windows 7 again, then merge the unneccesary partitions into a single logical volume then create two separate partitions for Win7 and Ubuntu?

As long as you don't do anything in terms of deleting volume/partition on Family(D:), it should be okay.

After you settle your problems with the partition, follow this guide to dual boot Winddows 7 and Ubuntu. Dual Boot Win 7 and Ubuntu

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There isn't any alongside installation option or me. –  Mohammad Reza Tayyebi Oct 5 '13 at 13:55
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