I know this question has been asked like a million times, but I am yet to find an answer.

I have Windows 7, though my computer itself came with Ubuntu(Dell). I didn't have much experience in it, so I preferred windows 8 and now I'm on windows 7 again.

I tried Installing Elementary OS, and it didn't recognize my partitions, instead it took my entire 500GB disk as empty

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However, the file explorer(Or whatever they call it in Linux), shows My Partitions

Also, the other questions had answers as links, If you do that please give me adequate steps, for I have to admit I am a novice in Linux

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What are you using for your partitions???


EXT 2, 3 or 4?




Also, what is your install? Is it UEFI? Also, your sentence is confusing as heck. Are you trying to say:

1) my computer came with Ubuntu originally

2) I installed Windows 8.

3) Didn't like Windows 8, so deleted it and installed Windows 7.


Do this test: grab/download another Linux OS, and see if its installer recognizes your current partitions. Hint: download debian live 8.5 or fedora 24/centOS 7, put it on a USB (via dd command), and see if they recognize your partitions as they actually now exist. Heck, this test may be even better: download and put the latest Gparted Live on a CD (or USB), fire it up, and see if it recognizes the partitions on that hard drive. Elementary Loki's installer is the one used by a lot of Linux distros. If it is not seeing your partitions, I am not optimistic. And if Gaprted Live cannot see those partitions, well, then, from what I and a few others have seen, your only recourse is going to be dd-ing that whole drive. Or, you could, like mentioned above, just stick to what's on it right now. Windows and Ubuntu??...meh, wipe that crapper-stuff off for good and make that HD sing with Loki or Debian or Fedora or....... ;-)


I Found the Answer Myself.

All I had to do was delete some partition(In windows) and provide the setup some un-allocated space

After Doing that, the problem was solved.

Thanks To Everyone, Anyway!

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