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Windows 7: Partition help.....

24 May 2012   #1
nomac11

windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 
Partition help.....

I own a DELL XPS L401X Laptop......It's got 500 gb hard disk...4 partitions
C:229 gb(Primary) , D:223GB(Logical) , Recovery:12gb , OEM Partition:30 mb..
Now i want to remove 100 gb out of c drive and make a new partition...but whenever i try to do so the shrunk space becomes unallocated and i have to add it back to c drive...A friend of mine suggested me to use "Parted magic" but i am sceptic.......please help.....


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24 May 2012   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Things get dicey when you go above 4 partitions. I personally don't ever go above two.

That being said, if you are adding a partition to dual-boot, look into virtualization.

If you need the partition for some other reason, you should be able to make recovery discs, and do away with the Recovery partition.
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24 May 2012   #3
Arc

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Welcome aboard,nomac11

As you have three primary and one logical partition, you can have another partition. Follow the tutorial : Partition or Volume - Shrink

Better you format the new one as logical.
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24 May 2012   #4
nomac11

windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks DeaconFrost.....I want to use Fedora alongside win7.....as for virtualization,i tried Virtualbox...I faced a few bugs like Fedora didn't recognize any external drive,pendrive.....what would u do?
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24 May 2012   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Did you have the VirtualBox Additions installed? I've used Ubuntu in a VM without any issues.
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24 May 2012   #6
nomac11

windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

Yes,but the problem still persists.....should i try another app like VMWare... after struggling so much with virtualbox...i was all fed up....so i wanted another primary partition.......
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24 May 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

You can have another Logical partition by shrinking C using Disk Mgmt, then creating a new Logical partition in the space using free Partition Wizard.

This is because it is adjacent to D so can join it's Logical extended container since it's contiguous.

If Disk Mgmt doesn't shrink C enough then use PW boot CD to remain failsafe.
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24 May 2012   #8
nomac11

windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

@gregrocker - Dude i know the drill....i already tried Disk mgmt many times....as soon as i shrink the space,it goes unallocated....I will try PW boot CD......
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24 May 2012   #9
gregrocker

 

That's why I said to use PW to create the Logical - it treats Unallocated (Primary) space and Free (Logical) space the same for creating either Primary or Logical partitions.

I could have suggested doing it all with PW but you'd need to use the boot disk to shrink totally safely as Disk Mgmt does.

If you know it all why are you asking here?
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24 May 2012   #10
nomac11

windows 7 premium 64bit
 
 

@gregrocker - Don't be mad...i was saying so coz first u insisted on using Disk mgmt,which i already tried a couple of times....as for PW boot CD...i will definitely give it a try....thanks and sorry if what i said offended u.....
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