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Windows 7: Repartitioning drive in Windows7

19 Dec 2010   #11
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

1. Is there any way to merge the partitioned/repartioned drives?
2. Will there be any loss of data? If I am merging 2 drives (cut out from the same drive previously), will the data of both drives be lost or just one or none?


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19 Dec 2010   #12
gregrocker

 

You want to merge D and E to save room for a new Linux partition?



Backup data for E.

In Disk Mgmt rightclick E to Delete Logical partition(s). Then if necessary rightclick E again to Delete Logical volume until it changes from Free Space with green border to Unallocated Space.

Next rightclick D to Extend partition into unallocated space. Input the size so it leaves space for your desired size Linux partition. Then Create New partition for Linux which Disk Mgmt will make Logical.

Edit: If you now want to keep D and E but add another Logical for Linux then follow BFK's steps below using PW CD.
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20 Dec 2010   #13
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

I want to take about 25 GB each from D and E and then merge them together for installing Linux...ie about 50 GB of space.Then I will have 50 GB each for Win and Linux... this is what I am looking for.
How can I do this with no loss of data and without affecting windows installation? I have backups of C: and D: in E: and have Partition Wizard S/W.

Also...all Linux files have to be in native drive ... can it not access files(docs,mp3,video) from other drives because of different file systems?

I have attached the new image showing disk partitions.


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20 Dec 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.



Everything you want to do can be done with the Partition Wizard boot disk.

The first thing I would do is extend E: into the 9MB unallocated space to its right.

Then I would convert E: to a Primary partition, Option Four in this tutorial at the link below.

Then "Move/Resize" the right of D: and the left of E: to create unallocated space that can then be used to install Linux; you can get ideas on how to do all this in this same tutorial.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD


Keep in mind there is a MBR partition limit imposed by Windows, of either 4 Primary partitions or 3 Primary and 1 Extended partition, inside the Extended there can be as many Logical drives as there are available drive letters.
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21 Dec 2010   #15
pricetech

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArpitRaj View Post
... can it not access files(docs,mp3,video) from other drives because of different file systems?
Linux will have no trouble reading and writing to your NTFS partitions. Windows on the other hand will not be able to read the partition that Linux is on.

<disclaimer>
I have heard of a program that runs under Windows that allows it to read Linux file systems, but I don't hear good things about it. I have never used it personally, so I can't say first hand how or if it works.
</disclaimer>
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21 Dec 2010   #16
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

thanks all...helped me a lot
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21 Dec 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArpitRaj View Post
thanks all...helped me a lot


You're welcome, just what were you able accomplish?
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21 Dec 2010   #18
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

reduced c,d,e drives and squeezed out a drive of abt 50 GB for Linux using Partition Wizard... thnx
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21 Dec 2010   #19
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You're welcoma and thanks for the update.
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