Sunday, June 28, 2009

Wubi Wubi Wubi! Wubi Ubuntu 9.04 Install Error

If your Wubi Ubuntu 9.04 install is hanging at "Creating the virtual disks" it's probably down to the file system you are trying to install Wubi on. Fat32 formatted disks have a file size limit of 4GB, so no matter what the Wubi installer tells you, you won't be able to create a >4GB Ubuntu install on this disk.

You should convert the disk to NTFS from the command line using the Microsoft convert tool if you want an Ubuntu install greater than 4GB (open up a command prompt and type "convert /?" for more info) or install to another disk that uses NTFS instead.

If this isn't the problem with your install you can find out exactly what is by looking at the wubi installer log file in (Windows XP - YMMV) C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Local Settings\Temp. In this case the logs shows

ERROR Virtualdisk: Failed to extend file. Not enough free space?
ERROR Virtualdisk: WriteFile() failed!

which is the symptom, not the problem!

1 comment:

Jim said...

This is just what I was looking for - I nearly gave up with Ubuntoo Wubi. Like your blog!