[xubuntu-users] 14.10 installation doesn't see existing Windows 7

terry trryhend at gmail.com
Sat Dec 6 03:28:20 UTC 2014

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 3:25 AM, Chris Green <cl at isbd.net> wrote:

> On Tue, Dec 02, 2014 at 03:29:56PM -0600, terry wrote:
> >    Not sure what the difference between "existing NTFS partitions" and
> the
> >    "Windows installation".  Can you explain?  How many partitions are
> >    there? What size?  What's on them?
> It sees the partitions on the disk but doesn't see the Windows OS.

It sees the partitions on the disk.  Yes, correct.  That is all there is to
it.   The partitioning process only deals with storage media and their
respective partitions.  It is up to  you to know where your Data is and
what to do with it.

Normally when Ubuntu installs if it sees an existing OS it offers to
> resize the partitions and install alongside, plus give you a grub boot
> menu.
Again, either use the MS Windows  partition manager or use gparted.  Shrink
existing partition(s), install Xubuntu.  When it comes time to install the
grub boot loader, you'll be given option for dual boot.

We can not give you any specific advise, only general suggestions, (because
you have not given us any specific information on your Hard Drive or it's

> >    What I would do is one of 2 things, (I prefer #2).
> >    1) Boot to MS Windows and use it's own partition resizing tool to
> >    shrink one or more of the existing partitions in order to leave enough
> >    free (un-partitioned) space for the Ubuntu install.
> >    or
> >    2) Use gparted LiveCD to resize and / or delete partitions as needed.
> >    See: [1]http://gparted.org/download.php
> >
> Yes, but will either of these options mean that I'll get a grub menu
> with the option to boot Windows on it?
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