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Windows 7: Not sure how to deal with disk partitions

12 Mar 2013   #1

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Not sure how to deal with disk partitions

I want to create a dual boot system with another OS. When I look at my partitions, I see that I have two problems:
  1. I am not able to use the Extend Volume option on my C: partition because of where it's placed on the disk.
  2. Apparently there are already 4 partitions on the disk, and I can't have another?

I'm including a screenshot of what I see in Disk Management. Most certainly I am misunderstanding something somewhere, so any help would be much appreciated!

Thanks!



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12 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Hi Cbiweb

You maybe able to install another OS on the unallocated space . Format that space

Partition or Volume - Delete
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12 Mar 2013   #3

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44GB is awfully small for an OS with all the programs and files I plan to put on it. And the only options available to me with that space are:
- New Simple Volume
- Properties
- Help

And unallocated space cannot be deleted as I understand it?

Using Diskpart in an elevated command prompt, that space doesn't even show up.
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12 Mar 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Are you using the command

Code:
 list volume
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12 Mar 2013   #5

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What OS do you want to install? How much space do you want it to use?
Are you aware of the fact the system actually boots from partition RECOVERY now? It has the bootmenu and bootmgr.

You can shrink the last partition (OS called C now) by using partition wizard home free.
Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
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12 Mar 2013   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Hi Cbiweb

You maybe able to install another OS on the unallocated space . Format that space

Partition or Volume - Delete
You can't format unallocated space. You first have to create a partition there. Why format??? We don't know what OS he wants to install.... let the installer create the partition and format it
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12 Mar 2013   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Are you using the command

Code:
 list volume
Yes, this is what I get:
Code:
DISKPART> list volume

  Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
  ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
  Volume 0     D                       DVD-ROM         0 B  No Media
  Volume 1         RECOVERY     NTFS   Partition     14 GB  Healthy    System
  Volume 2     C   OS           NTFS   Partition    872 GB  Healthy    Boot
  Volume 3     F   Iomega HDD   NTFS   Partition   1863 GB  Healthy

DISKPART>
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
What OS do you want to install? How much space do you want it to use?
Ubuntu on 200GB.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
What OS do you want to install? How much space do you want it to use?
Are you aware of the fact the system actually boots from partition RECOVERY now? It has the bootmenu and bootmgr.

You can shrink the last partition (OS called C now) by using partition wizard home free.
Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.
Thanks! I'll review those options and give it a try.
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12 Mar 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

He has 44GB on the allocated space . No room for anything really .

I'd personally create the recovery discs then format the partition . Extend the partition with the allocated space .
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12 Mar 2013   #9
whs

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What does Ubuntu on 200GB mean - Ubuntu installs in a lot less than 10GB. Just be aware that you will get blessed with the Grub boot loader when you install Ubuntu in double boot. Running it In VMware Player is a much better solution.

Btw: it is easy to extend this unallocated space taking some from C - with bootable CD of Partition Wizard.
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12 Mar 2013   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
What does Ubuntu on 200GB mean - Ubuntu installs in a lot less than 10GB. Just be aware that you will get blessed with the Grub boot loader when you install Ubuntu in double boot. Running it In VMware Player is a much better solution.

Btw: it is easy to extend this unallocated space taking some from C - with bootable CD of Partition Wizard.
Kaktussoft asked which OS and how much space, the answer is Ubuntu on 200GB. What else could it mean in context with the question he asked?

It may install in less than 10GB, but I want to have 200GB open for all the stuff I'll put on it. Not sure what's confusing about that, either - lol.

Yes, Partition Wizard will help with all this.

Warning me about Grub (there is a way to install Ubuntu without it) and mentioning VMware were good points. Thanks for the suggestion.
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