mount windows partition after ubuntu

Asked by gerry on 2013-03-03

I have ubuntu with a lot of additional software on my pc. I made a mistake last year and completely removed windows vista (nothing to do with ubuntu mounting). I want to run a recovery disc for vista without reformating or over writing ubuntu, or i want the best way of storing/restoring all the existing software on ubuntu after i mount winwows partition. What ive googled so far tells me windows over writes the complete hard drive when you recover it. Im limited in my experience of messing with partitions so my usual experience is making a complete disaster when I try anything.

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Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #1

Unfortunately most recovery will erase everything. However this need not be a problem. If you do a full backup of your personal data.

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You can let the recovery disk reinstall windows wiping everything then re-install Ubuntu and copy your data back. You will want all your /home directory and you may want selected bits from the other two.

If you resize the Ext4 in liveCD you can then make free space to install Windows to. Windows will only use the whole space if you let it. If you read the screen rather than blindly hitting 'next' like most Windows users do you won't actually have any issues.

Depending what you intend to use Windows for it may be quicker and easier to virtualize Windows using Virtualbox

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