I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu running on a Dual Boot in my Dell Laptop. I formatted it yesterday to do a clean install of both operating systems. I deleted all the operating system partitions. Here's what I did:
- Created a new partition and installed Windows 7.
- Booted into the Ubuntu Live Disk and selected "Something Else".
I had 3 partitions:
/dev/sda1 - fat32 - Recovery Partition || /dev/sda2 - ntfs - System Reserved || /dev/sda3 - ntfs - Windows 7 || free space
I clicked on "Add" in order to create the /boot partition. I selected Primary and ext4.
The next moment I find my free space being marked as unusable.
Now, I've always had this layout while dual installing Windows 7 and Ubuntu. And I am pretty sure I selected Primary while creating the /boot partition. And things have worked out pretty well.
But this time, if I follow the same steps, it marks the remaining free space as unusable. I had to proceed by making all the linux paritions (/boot, /, /home) as Logical. Ubuntu installed correctly, but now when I start up, I am presented with the Linux operating select screen.
I mean I don't get this screen, which is quite understandable since I didn't have the /boot partition as Primary :
I get a screen similar to this from where I can select Windows or Ubuntu:
My question is why am I blocked if I select /boot as Primary. It worked fine earlier, but now it doesn't.