[ubuntu-uk] missing hard drive

norman silverstone norman at littletank.org
Thu May 2 15:12:52 UTC 2013

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Are each missing the same HDD, or different ones? If you cannot 
distinguish them by size or similar, you can use smartctl to get the 
serial number;
>>      smartctl -a /dev/sda | head
>> will print some data about /dev/sda, including its serial number. I
>> presume you can get the same out of Windows using the Disk Manager
>> tool Liam mentioned, or perhaps by right-clicking on a drive and
>> choosing 'Properties'.
> They are both missing the same one.
The fog is beginning to clear. By the look of things Windows 7 is on the 
500GB drive and Xubuntu is on the 250GB drive. Why did this happen? I 
always thought that when making a dual install the Ubuntu OS went on to 
the same drive as Windows and this is what I want - operating systems on 
one drive each in its own partition and the other drive for storing data 
and so on. This is how it was before I started the new install, Windows 
XP Pro and Xubuntu 12.04 on the 500 GB drive.

I realise that I have lost some data but most of it was backed up so 
that can be recovered but, how do I reinstall Xubuntu 13.04 so that it 
is on the 500GB drive and the two operating systems and their 
application in separate partitions?


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