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Windows 7: Dual Boot- Debian with Win 7 32 bit (unusable partition problem)

22 Oct 2013   #11
Kaktussoft

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On C?? I think you want to install DEBIAN in it's OWN partition. DEBIAN can't be installed on an NTFS partition.

Or do you mean you want to shrink C and use the "unallocated space" that appears afterwards for linux? Not a good thing to do... C is already very small. But you decide... it's your machine.
Yes i want to shrink C:// and use that "unallocated space" to install Debian. I dont have installed too many apps in Win 7, so i dont need too mush free space. So can be done this.?
Shrink C first to make space for linux. You have 4 partition alreayd (the maximum) so you need to create an extended partition. So after shrink C: use partition wizard and do:
  1. Convert D to logical partition
  2. Create another logical partition using all "unallocated space". Don't format... and if you have to.. make it ntfs. I don't care. It will be deleted later in the process
  3. Apply the changes
Now open disk win7 management again. Delete the volume you created in step 2 above. You now still see all partitions. But there will be a green border around D and the "unallocated space".
Post disk management screenshot.


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22 Oct 2013   #12
DrMTR

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No data lost, if i convert D:// into logical partition.? i have data stored on D:/
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22 Oct 2013   #13
Kaktussoft

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No data lost, if i convert D:// into logical partition.? i have data stored on D:/

Simply do the steps I told you. No data will be lost. Unless........
  • You spoil coffee over harddisk
  • You delete the D partition instead the partition I told you to delete
  • Your disk gets on fire
  • etc....
I want to tell you.... a backup is always a good thing to do. But my procedure is safe. Still waiting for screenshot
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22 Oct 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

As suggested you should convert one non-system partition to Logical so that you can add as many adjacent Logical partitions as you want, since you can only have four maximum Primary partitions.

I would convert D as also suggested since it is a data partition, but you can convert C if you want. It only needs to be adjacent to the Linux install partition so that can be created Logical, too.

Here's How to set partition as Logical with Partition Wizard.

And here's how to then create the adjacent Logical partition with the same tool: Partition or Volume - Create New
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