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Windows 7: Question about partitions!

09 May 2010   #1
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Question about partitions!

Was wondering if i could do a partition so i can duel boot windows or ubuntu with out damaging windows ? I'm new to this partition way and hate using a virtual box to use ubuntu.


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10 May 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
Was wondering if i could do a partition so i can duel boot windows or ubuntu with out damaging windows ? I'm new to this partition way and hate using a virtual box to use ubuntu.

Yes,

partition one windows 7
partition two ubuntu
partiton three win xp

You can do these and more. check the tutorial section here
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10 May 2010   #3
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
Was wondering if i could do a partition so i can duel boot windows or ubuntu with out damaging windows ? I'm new to this partition way and hate using a virtual box to use ubuntu.
Dual booting Ubuntu with Windows 7 is hard. Because Ubuntu's boot loader Grub will over right windows's boot loader. It is possible to dual boot Ubuntu and windows 7 but very tricky. But if you want to attempt it here's a good guide Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

A much more easier and completely safe way to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 is Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows. It installs Ubuntu in windows 7 like any application but when ever you boot up your computer you can chose whether to boot windows or Ubuntu. The only draw back is that it makes you download Ubuntu all over again
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10 May 2010   #4
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

Just in case you're also wondering about how to partition (split) a disk without destroying data already on it. (How to create a new linux disk without reinstalling Windows) There are some programs out there that can do so.

Partition Wizard is my favorite partition tool, just search google for "non destructive partition" to find more.
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10 May 2010   #5
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by si8mon View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
Was wondering if i could do a partition so i can duel boot windows or ubuntu with out damaging windows ? I'm new to this partition way and hate using a virtual box to use ubuntu.
Dual booting Ubuntu with Windows 7 is hard. Because Ubuntu's boot loader Grub will over right windows's boot loader. It is possible to dual boot Ubuntu and windows 7 but very tricky. But if you want to attempt it here's a good guide Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

A much more easier and completely safe way to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 is Wubi - Ubuntu Installer for Windows. It installs Ubuntu in windows 7 like any application but when ever you boot up your computer you can chose whether to boot windows or Ubuntu. The only draw back is that it makes you download Ubuntu all over again
I found dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu EXTREMELY easy. Just use WUBI and no issues at all. Makes uninstalling Ubuntu easy as well
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10 May 2010   #6
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Thanks for all these posts. I installed it using Wubi. So far so good no performance issue's.. Now, i have a question about the length of its performance lasting, since its shared on the same drive as windows. Will a fragmented computer in the future slow down Ubuntu since its in a non partitioned state ?
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10 May 2010   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

well there is no reason why it should become fragmented, windows defrag does a very efficient job of doing it in the background
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11 May 2010   #8
Kevinsilhouette

OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Is wubi only supposed to be used to try it out? Will there be much of a difference from installing it on a partition or does that only apply to the fact that its located on c drive with windows so any restore would wipe it out. Just curious cause i am really liking Ubuntu and don't know weather to partition it or not!
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12 May 2010   #9
si8mon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kevinsilhouette View Post
Is wubi only supposed to be used to try it out? Will there be much of a difference from installing it on a partition or does that only apply to the fact that its located on c drive with windows so any restore would wipe it out. Just curious cause i am really liking Ubuntu and don't know weather to partition it or not!
Ubuntu on Wubi would be as fast as Ubuntu on a partition. Wubi is just located on your C Drive.
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15 May 2010   #10
celldweller1591

Windows 7 + Windows Xp Pro + Ubuntu 10.04 + openSUSE 11.2
 
 

It is highly unlikely that grub ovverwrites windows bootloader as i never had that problem when i am using windows 7 from 6 months with ubuntu.however windows if installed over ubuntu does the same for sure !!!
Dual boot is easy. i suggest you to use Wubi to install ubuntu.It creates a virtual disk of user specified size in windows partition and install ubuntu on it making nochange to windows machine.See here.But if even then you want to install ubuntu see here, then make a separate /boot partition,/root and swap that will make it to 3 partitions alone ofr ubuntu . so make sure that the partition you are using is logical one or you will land up in hdd conflicts as it is limited to 4 primary partitions only.
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