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[ubuntu] Trouble with HDD partitions, 18.4 exa (or giga giga) bytes of unallocated space?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hi, Firstly apologies I'm a complete beginner. History I was dual booting vista and ubuntu 9.10. Ubuntu told me my hard drive was not very well. So I bought a new one and an external HDD enclosure. My goal was to get windows and ubuntu onto the new HDD. First I backed up my data, then I installed ubuntu on the new disk in case things went wrong. Then things went wrong. The vista recovery partition kept giving me blank error messages. I read somewhere I had to repair media direct. I used dell mediadirect repair utility it seemed to work fine. (Hardware)