Hi sorry for the long delay. Got waylaid with printer and repository problems in Ubuntu 16.04lts Now resolved.
On bootup the grub menu appears with, Ubuntu : sda1 windows bootloader : sdb2 windows bootloader. When installing windows a message demanded space for system reserved. I thought this meant that windows required a partition for the its boot init files but it didnt as it would appear that the boot loader is on the ntfs primary partition sdb2 and when i did the boot repair grub installed bootup on sda1. Hence both options appear on the grub menu
I dont know if its possible for me to create the 500mb partition as primary, give it a drive letter and copy the boot files to that partition. Would setting windows as the first and default option in grub make any difference.
yes fast boot was definitely disabled with all the other relevant features in windows. Windows does not hibernate. When shut down it powers off completely. Error message at grub:
sudo mount -o rw /dev/sdb2 /mnt
Mount is denied because the NTFS volume is already exclusively opened.
The volume may be already mounted, or another software may use it which
could be identified for example by the help of the 'fuser' command.
how to use the fuser command would be much appreciated.
Deleting the freespace 500mb partition to give grub immediate access to sdb2 boot files on ntfs partition would be the ideal solution but i cant delete it.
/etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
#Entry for /dev/sda2 :
UUID=c0d626a9-d88d-4023-bf44-4bd62f1e4232 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
#Entry for /dev/sda6 :
UUID=89d8ca57-ce09-40e5-a95e-a80cf4088897 /home ext2 defaults 0 2
#Entry for /dev/sda1 :
UUID=2826E9C826E9975A /media/System_Reserved ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=0222 0 0
#Entry for /dev/sdb1 :
UUID=62DA972ADA96F98D /media/System_Reserved_ ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=0222 0 0
#Entry for /dev/sdb2 :
#Entry for /dev/sda5 :
UUID=2a1f8105-5cd2-480e-a5c6-5ff9d39efd97 none swap sw 0 0
UUID=105EDF9E5EDF7B44 /media/sdb2 ntfs defaults,nls=utf8,umask=0222,noauto,ro 0 0
some options that may work from
mount -n -o remount,rw / dpkg --configure -a
One can change the type of mount containing the directory dir:
mount --make-shared dir
mount --make-slave dir
mount --make-private dir
mount --make-unbindable dir
One can change the type of all the mounts in a mount subtree
containing the directory dir:
mount --make-rshared dir
mount --make-rslave dir
mount --make-rprivate dir
mount --make-runbindable dir
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 1026047 512000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 1026048 176807935 87890944 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 176809982 231495679 27342849 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 176809984 196339711 9764864 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 196341760 231495679 17576960 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 * 1026048 308226047 153600000 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
please notice boot sda1 & sdb2
and this from a windows 10/microsoft forum: Problem:
Windows setup created a System Reserved partition and installed the booting files on it. As a result, booting directly from the Windows partition is not possible. My problem is the opposite. ubuntu is booting from the window partition on sdb2
All suggestions welcome Thanks
Edited by lacey16, 03 May 2016 - 06:25 PM.