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Windows 7: Harddrive won't partition for dual boot.

12 Jul 2009   #1

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Harddrive won't partition for dual boot.

Hey there, I'm currently running Windows 7 and I'm trying to partition my hard drive so I can dual boot Mac os x Leopard. I have 133 GB free on my 230 GB internal hard drive, but when I partition the drive the computer will only let me open about 5 GB of space. I have defragged the drive and nothing changed. I am new to dual booting and I am really only doing this as an experiment. If anyone can give me any advice as to how I can partition more space or how much is needed I would be very grateful. Thanks.


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12 Jul 2009   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Vista/7 Disk management will only allow you to shrink till it meets a system file on the hd.

3rd party partition managers will move those files and allow you to shrink further.
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12 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for responding. Do you have any suggestions of third party software to use? I tried Partition Magic 8, but it has "compatibility issues" with Windows 7 apparently.
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12 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Easeus is a very good free one I have never had a problem with it. Used it 10-15 times. I would look at the in addition to anything SIW tells you since he knows more than me. haha

It's good though.

Easeus Partition Manager Home Edition - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com
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12 Jul 2009   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Easeus free that Nate mentioned may be able to do it - but it only works on 32 bit o/s.

You could try Gparted - also free - d/l the iso - burn it to cd - boot the cd.

Download GParted from SourceForge.net

GParted -- Download
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