Problems partitioning disc to dual windows 7 and unbutu

Asked by gary mccarthy on 2010-04-16

I dowloaded Unbutu as per instructed.
I already had windows 7 pre-installed.
I have a 64 bit hp.
  Well, now I have Unbutu which I am going to have a learning curve with.
That is okay and I have a bunch of information which I hope is still hiding on a partition.
I do not have a recovery disc, I did burn a repair disc which I have not used yet.
  Am I screwed here?
The instructions said specifically to install Unbutu after a windows 7 download and I would be asked where I wanted Unbutu placed.
When I am able to access the partition area, should I remove Unbutu and install it over again?
  I want to be able to dual boot my computer while in the midst of the learning curve.
I hope someone can help.
Thank You,
Gary McCarthy

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In windows 7 you can resize the windows partition to make free space, you can then boot to your burned CD and install ubuntu.

Make sure you MD5 test theISO you download. Burn the ISO as SLOWLY as you can and check the CD for defects once initially booted to so that you know for sure that the CD is good.

gary mccarthy (wbruce351) said : #2

I appreciate the feed back and I guess I did not make my situation clear.
  I have a new Hp 64 bit PC with windows 7 premium.
Windows has always had its issues as has Mac.
  About 1 year ago my wife came across an article about Unbutu, I took a
look at it and I thought it looked, well, neat.
At the time I did not feel competent enough to take on the learning curve of
a different OS.
About 4 days ago Ubuntu came into my computer life again.
  I could dual boot it so I could continue to use '7" as I learned my way
around Unbutu.
  I read the instructions carefully and followed them.
Windows was supposed to be downloaded first, done, I burned an ISO disc and
started to download Unbutu.
My understanding was I was going to get a prompt as to what partition I
wanted to put it on.
No prompt, just a complete download that overwrote everything from the
windows os, I think.
If my microsoft data is hiding on a partition and it is a posssibility, I
cannot access it.
  I guess Umbutu does not have a system restore program, not that I can
find.
  I even burned a system repair disc hoping that would help me recover
something. Nope.
  In spite of shooting myself in the foot I do like the feel of the open
source program.
  I would think being open source any program could be accessed and synched
with.
Not.
  I have a WD external hard drive with backed up files from the PC and I am
concerned to attempt to restore them 1: I do not want to lose any more data
or2: maybe the NTFS files would be corrupted.
   I am sure much of what I am blathering about is answered with the ubuntu
community and right now what I need to know is : can the installation
process be done in reverse.
  If my windows 7 data is on a partition and it is in NTFS format, how do I
access it?
I am familiar with partitioning, enough to get the job done and I cannot
 even access with a Windows installation disc.
   I apologize for the length and I need help with this issue ASAP.
Thank You,
Gary McCarthy

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Best thelinuxfan (arparp3733) said : #3

Hey,
can you please provide some more info?
As in, do you still have those partitions or not.
You can check this by going to
             Places->
There will be several items listed here, just check in the second section, i.e. after the first separator.
If you find any partitions, you might have your windows data.
But according to your description, it seems that you have wiped out your entire HDD and installed Ubuntu.
So, do check for any partitions and let us know.

gary mccarthy (wbruce351) said : #4

I appreciate the feed back and I guess I did not make my situation clear.
  I have a new Hp 64 bit PC with windows 7 premium.
Windows has always had its issues as has Mac.
  About 1 year ago my wife came across an article about Unbutu, I took a look at it and I thought it looked, well, neat.
At the time I did not feel competent enough to take on the learning curve of a different OS.
About 4 days ago Ubuntu came into my computer life again.
  I could dual boot it so I could continue to use '7" as I learned my way around Unbutu.
  I read the instructions carefully and followed them.
Windows was supposed to be downloaded first, done, I burned an ISO disc and started to download Unbutu.
My understanding was I was going to get a prompt as to what partition I wanted to put it on.
No prompt, just a complete download that overwrote everything from the windows os, I think.
If my microsoft data is hiding on a partition and it is a posssibility, I cannot access it.
  I guess Umbutu does not have a system restore program, not that I can find.
  I even burned a system repair disc hoping that would help me recover something. Nope.
  In spite of shooting myself in the foot I do like the feel of the open source program.
  I would think being open source any program could be accessed and synched with.
 Problem not solved.
  I have data backed up on an NTFS WD hard drive.
  Since I changed to Unbutu I cannot get my computer to recognize any windows programs, install discs,repair discs etc.
  As I mentioned, I have the external hard drive with data on it and I am concerned, with my very limited knowledge of the new OS about possible corruption of files.
   One final question.
Is the Desktop Canonical tutorial programs worth the 50 dollars?
  I need something to get up to speed on Ubuntu quick.
Thank You,
Gary McCarthy
Not.
  I have a WD external hard drive with backed up files from the PC and I am concerned to attempt to restore them 1: I do not want to lose any more data or2: maybe the NTFS files would be corrupted.
   I am sure much of what I am blathering about is answered with the ubuntu community and right now what I need to know is : can the installation process be done in reverse.
  If my windows 7 data is on a partition and it is in NTFS format, how do I access it?
I am familiar with partitioning, enough to get the job done and I cannot even access with a Windows installation disc.
   I apologize for the length and I need help with this issue ASAP.
Thank You,
Gary McCarthy
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