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Windows 7: A guide on partition a hard drive

06 Aug 2012   #1

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A guide on partition a hard drive

Is there any guide here on how to do that, i tried searching on google but it seems kinda confusing and it looks like you have to buy a special software to do that. I want to experiment with something


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06 Aug 2012   #2

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You may or may not need special software, depending on your current partitioning and what exactly you intend to do.

If you have a simple partitioning requirement, you may be able to do it with Windows built in "Disk Management".

If not, you would need "Partition Wizard bootable disk".

The best thing you can do is post a screen shot of your current partitions as seen in Disk Management and describe your intentions as it relates to that screen shot.

Access Disk Management by typing those two words into the start button search box.
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06 Aug 2012   #3

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Well all i want to do is install Ubuntu

Oh how do i post a screenshot
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06 Aug 2012   #4

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06 Aug 2012   #5

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http://www.sevenforums.com/attachmen...1&d=1344295435

Lol took me a while to figure it out

I found this neat looking tool, what do you think?

http://www.partitionwizard.com/free-...n-manager.html


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06 Aug 2012   #6

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You now have 3 primary partitions on that drive.

The maximum allowable is 4.

You should be able to shrink C by using Disk Management.

That will generate some "unallocated space", which you can then convert to another primary partition.

Do not, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT accept any choice that offers to change partitions to "dynamic".

If you are offered dynamic, say NO, and report back.

I know little about Linux. I don't know if it requires a primary partition.
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06 Aug 2012   #7

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Ok what about the software any word on that?
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06 Aug 2012   #8

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That's an excellent tool, but you may not need it.

If you do, the preferred method is to use the bootable disc version, which you can get here:

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

See if you can shrink C and make your new Linux partition with Disk Management WITHOUT converting anything to dynamic.
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07 Aug 2012   #9

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So should i use it or not because i dont want to mess up sorry if i seem annoying
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07 Aug 2012   #10

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If you really don't want to mess with partitions, virtualize Ubuntu using something like VirtualBox.

This way, you'll have no effect on your system as it runs today, and if you decide to stop using Ubuntu for any reason, you won't have to mess with partitions, removing boot loaders, repairing Windows 7, etc.
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