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[SOLVED]Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby clgy15 on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:20 pm

Hey guys, I installed mint awhile ago but I noticed that there is a vista partition on my hardrive and I installed 7 some time ago so is it okay if I delete this partition to free up some space on the drive???
Also when I look at the partitions on my drive, A mint partition dosent show up. Instead I have two partitions 7 and vista. Everything is here its just not a separate partition. Is there a solution to make mint its own partition without reinstalling and losing all my settings?
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby Leppie on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:22 pm

to get a better idea of your situation, could you please download and run the boot info script and post the generated RESULTS.txt?

i don't know if there's a mint version of lvpm to transfer settings and documents to a side by side install: http://lubi.sourceforge.net/lvpm.html
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby clgy15 on Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:48 pm

The file you said to run is an sh file and there isnt an application to run it :(
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby Aging Technogeek on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:55 pm

When you installed Mint did you do a separate install or did you use Mint4Win and install Mint inside Vista?(It would have to be Vista, Mint4Win doesn't play nice with Win 7).

Also, Which OS are you in when you check the partitions and don't see Mint? If you are in Windows, this is normal. Windows does not acknowledge the existence of any non-Windows OS.
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby clgy15 on Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:48 pm

No no this is a full install. And looking through mint what I see is that there is a sub partition inside the windows 7 partition so that all makes sense.
What I want to know now is whether or not if I delete the vista partition since I dont use it at all would that affect win 7 or something
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby mick55 on Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:25 pm

Before you delete anything it would be a good idea to see what you have.

Please run these commands in terminal[Menu-->Terminal] and copy/paste the output here
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sudo lshw -C disk

and run this command next
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sudo sfdisk -l


Also, it would help to know which version of Mint you are using.
In future questions let us know the Mint version, and if you have hardware
questions include the output from this command run in terminal.
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inxi -F


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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby breaker on Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:03 am

clgy15 wrote:The file you said to run is an sh file and there isnt an application to run it :(


This script is a very good idea before proceeding. This post illustrates how to run it (in the terminal) http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280

When you open your terminal, usually you get an interactive bash shell, which is a command interpreter. There's more than one way to skin a cat, but if you are in your terminal, and in the same directory as the downloaded script, do this
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sudo bash ./boot_info_script*.sh
Then copy and paste the output that is saved in the RESULTS.TXT file. Or you can make the file executable by changing it with chmod then just typing ./boot_info_script*.sh

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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby Leppie on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:15 am

clgy15 wrote:No no this is a full install. And looking through mint what I see is that there is a sub partition inside the windows 7 partition so that all makes sense.

mint4win installs should be full installs as well. if your mint partition is within the ntfs partition, you have a mint4win install and could try lvpm to transfer files and settings, unless someone knows a mint specific way to do this.
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby clgy15 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 7:46 pm

okay Im running Mint 8 on a Compaq laptop
heres sudo lshw -C disk
*-cdrom
description: DVD-RAM writer
product: DVDRAM GSA-T20N
vendor: HL-DT-ST
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@4:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/cdrom
logical name: /dev/cdrw
logical name: /dev/dvd
logical name: /dev/dvdrw
logical name: /dev/scd0
logical name: /dev/sr0
version: WC05
capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
*-disk
description: ATA Disk
product: WDC WD1600BEVS-6
vendor: Western Digital
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sda
version: 04.0
serial: WD-WXEZ07F81281
size: 149GiB (160GB)
capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=d23d125d

next: sudo sfdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 19457 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 0+ 15971 15972- 128295058+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 15972 17928 1957 15719602+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 17929 19456 1528 12273660 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda5 15972+ 17840 1869- 15012711 83 Linux

Next is the boot_info_script.sh output... the RESULTS.txt
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for /boot/grub.
sda1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /boot/bcd /Windows/System32/winload.exe
/IO.SYS /MSDOS.SYS

sda2: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -

Oh and if anyone wanted to know exactly what im running right now!
System: Host brian-laptop Kernel 2.6.31-14-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main Edition
CPU: Dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile TL-58 (SMP) cache 1024 KB flags (sse3 nx lm svm) bmips 7601.64
Clock Speeds: (1) 1900.00 MHz (2) 1900.00 MHz
Graphics: Card nVidia C67 [GeForce 7000M / nForce 610M] X.Org 1.6.4 Res: 1280x800@50.0hz
GLX Renderer GeForce 7000M / nForce 610M/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW! GLX Version 2.1.2 NVIDIA 185.18.36 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio: Card nVidia MCP67 High Definition Audio driver HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.20
Network: Card-1 nVidia MCP67 Ethernet driver forcedeth at port 30f8
Card-2 Atheros AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter driver ath5k v: 0.6.0
Disks: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (3.8% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC WD1600BEVS-6 160.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 15G used: 5.8G (43%) fs: ext4
Info: Processes 152 Uptime 1:53 Memory 326.2/1949.6MB Client Shell inxi 1.2.6

Yes I know my Hard Drive is ridiculously small... I looking for an upgrade but i havent found anything yet
Im fairly sure its not mint4win, it was the regular iso disk. I created a partition inside the available space that was claimed by 7 soooo yeah
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby Leppie on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:00 pm

you cut off most of the file RESULTS.txt.
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby clgy15 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:44 pm

So sorry guys I did cut off the RESULTS.txt here is the full one
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for /boot/grub.
sda1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /boot/bcd /Windows/System32/winload.exe
/IO.SYS /MSDOS.SYS

sda2: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sda5: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main
Edition
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda3: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /bootmgr /boot/BCD

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd23d125d

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 * 63 256,590,179 256,590,117 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 256,590,180 288,029,384 31,439,205 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 256,590,243 286,615,664 30,025,422 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 288,029,385 312,576,704 24,547,320 7 HPFS/NTFS


blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 2AEAC0BC36D0443A ntfs Local Disc
/dev/sda3 2C88743C8874071C ntfs PRESARIO_RP
/dev/sda5 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f ext4

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sda5 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)


=========================== sda5/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s /boot/grub/grubenv ]; then
have_grubenv=true
load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
save_env saved_entry
prev_saved_entry=
save_env prev_saved_entry
fi
insmod ext2
set root=(hd0,5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
set gfxmode=640x480
insmod gfxterm
insmod vbe
if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
# For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
# understand terminal_output
terminal gfxterm
fi
fi
if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
set timeout=-1
else
set timeout=10
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/white
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###
insmod ext2
set root=(hd0,5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f
insmod png
if background_image /boot/grub/linuxmint.png ; then
set color_normal=white/black
set color_highlight=white/light-gray
else
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=white/light-gray
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry "Linux Mint 8 Helena, linux 2.6.31-14-generic (/dev/sda5)" {
recordfail=1
if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
set quiet=1
insmod ext2
set root=(hd0,5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
menuentry "Linux Mint 8 Helena, linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)" {
recordfail=1
if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
insmod ext2
set root=(hd0,5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
insmod ntfs
set root=(hd0,1)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2aeac0bc36d0443a
chainloader +1
}
menuentry "Windows Vista (loader) (on /dev/sda3)" {
insmod ntfs
set root=(hd0,3)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 2c88743c8874071c
chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

=============================== sda5/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
UUID=83f8c8bd-f61b-4a64-a583-f4194cab8fd8 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby Leppie on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:16 pm

clgy15 wrote:Hey guys, I installed mint awhile ago but I noticed that there is a vista partition on my hardrive and I installed 7 some time ago so is it okay if I delete this partition to free up some space on the drive???

you do have 2 ntfs partitions on your drive. sda1 is your 7 install. i don't know where you got the information from that vista is installed on your machine, but i'm guessing that you were confused by the 2nd grub2 menu entry. it merely states that it found a "Windows Vista (loader) (on /dev/sda3)" and this doesn't mean you actually do have vista installed on your machine. looking at some other info in the results:
/dev/sda3 2C88743C8874071C ntfs PRESARIO_RP

i deduct that this is actually your 7 recovery partition, it's up to you if you want to delete it. most people hardly ever use it, especially since it's very destructive (it will wipe your disk and reset to factory defaults).

clgy15 wrote:Also when I look at the partitions on my drive, A mint partition dosent show up. Instead I have two partitions 7 and vista. Everything is here its just not a separate partition. Is there a solution to make mint its own partition without reinstalling and losing all my settings?

seeing this:
sda5: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext4
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main
Edition
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

and this:
menuentry "Linux Mint 8 Helena, linux 2.6.31-14-generic (/dev/sda5)" {
recordfail=1
if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
set quiet=1
insmod ext2
set root=(hd0,5)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f
linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=1dd72d53-af43-4ba0-9651-d373064f3a5f ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}

i would definitely say that mint has its own partition

hope this helps
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Re: Vista boot exists on 7????

Postby mick55 on Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:45 pm

clgy15 wrote:
Also when I look at the partitions on my drive, A mint partition dosent show up.

If you are looking at your partitions from within Windows you will not see the Mint partition
because Windows cannot natively read or access a Linux file system, so it will see the disk space
as unused or unformatted.

And, Leppie is right on the money with all his observations.
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