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been trying to dual boot xp and ubuntu of the last few weeks

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by reloadSE, Jun 20, 2007.

  1. reloadSE

    reloadSE Regular member

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    Well i've been trying to dual boot xp and ubuntu of the last few weeks and i've read all the guides etc. So i had two partitions for windows, so i took a 15.50gb partition(C) for ubuntu... When I tried to install it, it stopped at 91% and wouldn't go any more so when that happened i deleted the partiton and put it back on my other windows partition (D) and for some reason now windows wont read the Partition (D) so i get the blue screen of death every time i boot up and booting up takes at least 20 mins so any help would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!
     
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    reloadSE Regular member

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    Any1????
     
  3. BootMe

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    Are you actually able to boot into Windows?
     
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    Yes but after a blue screen of death and 20 minutes
     
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    did you fdisc and format? and create two new partitions?
     
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    I've fixed it now but i lost all my data on my partition... i went into safe mode and formatted it.... the funny thing it was fat 32 and its now ntfs? which one is better?
     
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  7. BootMe

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    Well, depending on the sizes of your drive, you can chose FAT32 or NTFS.
    FAT32 can't see more than a certain size (32GB per partition). NTFS is more secure, and most people use it for there XP installations.

    NTFS has a limitation to 16TB (terabytes), thats a bit more than that FAT32 isn't it!

    And to top it all off, NTFS is more stable and reliable than FAT32, with FAT32 drives much more susceptible to disk errors.

    EDIT: Glad you were able to format it!
    If you want to try and recover data from your previous partition, I suggest finding some File Recovery software. It might not be able to bring every file back, but it can help a lot for those all important pieces of work!

    Hope that helps :)
     
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    Bootme Your a Bloody Legend thanks for explaining that to me
     
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    Not a problem :)
     
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    BootMe, your info on fat32 is wrong. fat32 can read a partition far past 32gig as i've set 1 up on a 25ogig sata hd as 1 partition. my 160gig is fat32 but in 2 partitions, 40gig for windows & 120gig for data. the advantage ntfs has over fat32 is that fat32 cannot read a file over 4gig in size such as a dvd movie. i prefer fat32 over ntfs as i can boot off a win9x bootdisk when fixing a xp problem when you can't do it in a normal way.
     
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    ddp Can you please make that a bit clearer for me please?
     
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    Really?
    I really thought it could only see 32GB, wow.

    In that case, thank you for correcting me!

    But I guess the stuff about NTFS is right, with it being more stable and such?

    reloadSE, ddp is saying that he's successfully got a 250GB hard drive with 1 partition formatted as FAT32. He also says that the disadvantage of FAT32, is that it cannot read a file over 4GB (such files as DVD's).

    Again, hope that helps.
     
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    bootme, i don't think it has to do with stability as your os determines whether it is stable not the format type.
     
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    actually windows can only format fat32 up to 32gigs. but you need a partitioner like norton partition magic to make fat32 partitions over 32gigs
     
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    Ahh, I knew it was something to do with 32GB, I thought it could only see that much.
     
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    i use win98 bootdisk to fdisk & format upto 250gig hd
     
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    why is it that 98 can format fat32 over 32gigs and xp cant?
     
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    i think because xp is setup for ntfs not fat32 eventho it can use fat32 as long as dfrive is already formated at fat32.
     
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    i guess that makes sence. they were trying to push ntfs on xp users
     
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    ntfs started with windows nt which pre-dates windows 2000 & xp
     

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