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I have downloaded Ubuntu through Windows XO, which I need to stop using. On start-up if I choose Ubuntu I can't find my existing files which are stored on the hard drive, and it looks as if the file system is empty (says 77gb free). How do I get the information and get rid of windows please? And if I save any files in Ubuntu will it start to overwrite my windows data? Many thanks Just seen there is a C: and D: drive in windows. Will windows installer have put Ubuntu on to the D: drive? and if so how to find C: from Ubuntu. Thanks, I am proper novice

Edit Output from sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 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: 0xaa0213ba 

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System 

/dev/sda1 63 12594959 6297448+ 12 Compaq diagnostics 
/dev/sda2 * 12594960 161585151 74495096 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT 
/dev/sda3 161585152 312578047 75496448 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT 
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Can you still choose XP and see your files? If yes you should be able to get to your data. Open a terminal and enter sudo fdisk -l and edit your post with the response so we can advise further. –  Warren Hill Mar 22 at 9:26
    
thanks- yes xp still opens and files are still there. Sorry don't know what opening terminal is! Is it like command prompt? and how do i find it? many thanks –  user260849 Mar 25 at 20:52
    
press CTRL+ALT+T together and a terminal window will open type the command sudo fdisk -l and when prompted enter your password. Edit your question by copying and pasting the output. This will tell us more about your system and we can advise further. –  Warren Hill Mar 26 at 6:44
    
thanks for help so far! Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 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: 0xaa0213ba Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 63 12594959 6297448+ 12 Compaq diagnostics /dev/sda2 * 12594960 161585151 74495096 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT /dev/sda3 161585152 312578047 75496448 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT –  user260849 Mar 29 at 21:04
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You have installed Ubuntu as a Wubi installation. To access your windows drives and files, you should be able to see a "Host" drive when you open the file browser, to the left hand side, under the label "Computer".

It would be better if you could install ubuntu as a standard installation rather than as wubi. To see how to install ubuntu as a standard installation by replacing windows, see this:

Be warned that this will remove your windows files, so backup all your files and folders.

See the difference between wubi and a standard installation here.

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thanks for your response. there does't seem to be a drive labelled host.just lots of folders named with long strings of numbers. I think I will save my data onto a usb (just ordered 256Gb), and then erase windows. presumably I need to make a bootable usb first and then boot by turning on laptop and pressing f12? –  user260849 Mar 25 at 21:05
    
If you are gonna dual boot, you should proceed by first backing up all your data. –  i08in Mar 26 at 6:23
    
@user260849 yes, you can change boot order by F12 or F2. You can make a bootable USB just on the same USB stick you store your files. –  AliNa Mar 30 at 10:46
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