i bought a new 2.13GB penrin toshiba satelite L505-10P laptop. it has a
500GB harddisk with 3 partitions in it, the 1st is a the 400mb recovery
partition, the 2nd a 232gb NTFS with a 64bit french Windows 7 home premium in
it, the 3rd is a 232GB NTFS contains recovery files: msdia80.dll,
R11461FR.tag N a directory: HDDRecovery contains several subdirectories.
i want to repartition the HD but i'm new to toshiba and to Windows 7 n 64bit
systems. i'm planning to do:
1. copy the recovery files in the 3rd partition to a removable media
2. shrink the 1st partition to the minimum possible. should i? how many
3. shrink the 2nd/Windows 7 partition to maybe 100GB (any advise?)
4. del the 3rd partition
5. make an extended partition in the place of the 3rd
6. make some logical partitions in it, with specifics drives for:
a. general data
b. music n multimedia (actually i have nearly 70GB of music, plus
c. backup where i'm gonna put the recovery files from the former 3rd
d. a linux swap (how big? i have 4GB of RAM)
7. make the 4th primary partition for 1 or 2 distro: ubuntu or kuliax
(an indonesian debian derivee suited for IT learning n programming)
my questions are:
1. what i know is that a HD can only contain 4 primary partitions.
2. if i proceed like that, will the recovery process be always
fonctional? will the recovery image not be alterated? can i move
freely the contains of the former 3rd partitons into another one? i'd
like to keep them cos they're to keep the genuine windows privileges
in case of reinstallation.
3. i've always use gparted CD for partitioning, will it be good to
manipulate the 64bit Windows 7 created partition?
4. will the GRUB not alterate the recovery process? will the recovery
still be accessible by pressing F8 while booting?
5. what's the best way to proceed? how should i repartition my 500GB HD?
6. any further info n advises please.
thank you very much