Help me make my choice from one of the three options below:
1) Fix Windows so that it boots without messing up my Ubuntu.
2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways.
3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu.
I made the switch to Ubuntu a short while ago and have no inclination on returning to Windows. Recently when I tried to boot into Windows (XP Pro) I got a BSOD with the following error:
My boot.ini looks good. I did some research and noticed that if I do an fdisk that I get the same error for all my partitions:
furtive@furtive-laptop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/hda: 40.0 GB, 40007761920 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 77520 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 50565 25484728+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda2 50570 76357 12996585 83 Linux
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda3 76357 77520 586372+ 5 Extended
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hda5 76357 77520 586341 82 Linux swap / Solaris
It seems that these "does not end on cylinder boundary" messages are common when the partitions are made using megabytes instead of cylinders. I honestly don't feel like reloading my notebook again (no CD drive) and so I think it's come down to three choices:
1) Fix Windows so that it works without messing up my Ubuntu. I haven't seen any solutions to this yet, but I'm all ears. My ntfs drive is mounted with ntfs 3-g in Ubuntu if that helps.
2) Remove Windows completely. I don't need it anyways. I'd love to be able to reclaim that space for my Ubuntu.
3) Shrink Windows to the bare minimum and reclaim the space with Ubuntu. I know it was possible to do this during the install, but I don't see how to do it now.
I'll be up all night and quick to respond to any questions.