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I have long and interesting story to share and need desperate help. I consider myself n beginner linux user not absolutely a noob.

I have dual boot system with Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint 13.10. I have several problems. My initial idea was to install two debian-based linux system with a common swap common boot partition and two Linux separate and independent and a common hard disk for other data,movies,music etc. So , I tried to follow the instructions from a wbsite and probably messed up a lot. When I tried to do this I had xubuntu 13.04 which I wanted to replace with LTS 14.04 along with linux mint 13.10. (Though I did not like linux mint much firstly it is slow and sometimes it automatically restarts. But from an initial feed back I relied heavily on it and installed a lot of indispensable stuff which I do not want to mess.) But after I configured my 14.04 LTS properly I wanted to delete Linux mint. So, I used to Gparted to delete some old partition to extend my LTS space as it is just 10 GB space /dev/sda11/ But I could not extend as obvious from the .png file. Now I want to know 1) if I delete the linux mint folders /dev/sda5-10 and replace it will my LTS /dev/sda11 will be deleted also?

2) Secondly after I deleted some old partition for extending LTS. I faced a problem of grub rescue I somehow managed it but by mistake I installed LILO instead of GRUB2. and Now I want to install GRUB2 again replacing LILO and configure so that I can get the beautiful and known bootloader of GRUB2.

3) Thirdly in LILO, now the entire linux mint partition is missing.Would someone please help me out?

Well as I cannot post any image. I am trying to describe my partitions I have a /dev/sda1 partition of 600 MB for bootloader /dev/sda2 swap partition for common use -8 GB /dev/sda3 extended partition under which there are several partitions /dev/sda5-10 Linux mint /tmp / /usr, /home /var /opt /dev/sda11 also under the extended partition -Xubuntu LTS 14.04 10 GB /dev/sda4 ext4 partition 340 GB for common usage.

Please help me out. I can still access my xubuntu but not Linux Mint.

Link for the image of my partition http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y468/arijithazra/linux-partition_zpsa2dbff98.png

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You cannot share /boot without creating massive issues if any version from one install overwrites the other. Better just to keep /boot inside (/ (root). And best to just create a data partition and share that. Then you can have two / partitions of 20 or 25GB and a large data partition for most data. Post link to BootInfo report from Boot-Repair. help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair –  oldfred Jul 20 '14 at 22:14
Actually I could not do that. My /boot folder is in Xubuntu LTS 14.04 partition.I have an unnecessary partition which I intended to use as a common boot folder which is probably not possible. –  Arijit Hazra Jul 21 '14 at 9:21

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