After dual-booting Ubuntu 11.10 successfully on another computer, I finally decided it was time for me to make the leap from Windows 7 to Ubuntu. However, the installation on my Dell Inspiron Laptop did not go as smoothly as the HP laptop I installed Ubuntu on previously.
When I began to install Ubuntu, I got past the screen where it checks that you have the laptop plugged-in, and Internet connection and etc. The deviation from the previous installation came at this point. When I installed Ubuntu last time, there was a partition tool and a recommended partition already established and I simply accepted, installed and within 30 minutes was able to boot into Ubuntu and Windows 7, it was lovely!
This time, however, I selected “Something different,” having that option and deleting the entire hard drive. I selected the 50 GB of free space and selected add partition. I even added a second partition for swap. Installation continued smoothly and Ubuntu came to life brilliantly. Only problem was, Windows 7 is nowhere to be found...
I am pretty sure I did not delete Windows, but I cannot see the Windows partition under the disk check and it does not show up under Grub. I have tried updating Grub and using command lines to generate the Grub list, but hd #'s are absent and root folders are just a series of letters and numbers.
I am not that upset over losing Windows, other than not having it available if I must use it as well as not being able to retrieve files. I appreciate any help.