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 Post subject: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 10:24 pm 
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I am Using Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit, I would like to give Linux a Try and install it on the Same HD as Windows. I did not Partition my HD when Windows got installed, but I would like to Partition it now.

I used windows Disk Management tool. When I clicked on Shrink Volume it went through the "Querying Shrink Space" and Came back as the shrink availability as being only 133 MB, I have 501 GB of Free Space on my Drive. I was wondering why I only have 133MB of 501 GB available for Shrinking? Can anybody help me figure this out this?

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 Post subject: Re: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:14 pm 
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I use EaseUS Partition Master when Disk Management doesn't want to act right.

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Oh, you might want to defrag first.


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 Post subject: Re: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:41 am 
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First thing you need to do is run Defrag, so all files are moved to one section of the disk. Run it even though MS will tell you the disk is not fragmented.

Then download, create a cd or bootable thumb drive, and run GParted. It is the one that I use and I find it works the best.


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 Post subject: Re: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:59 am 
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1. You can boot up Linux flavors from CD or flash drive into memory and try them out without installation (LiveCD) to your heart's content.

2. After making an image backup of your boot drive in case something goes horribly wrong, you should allow the Linux OS of choice to install itself. It will create a partition amongst the free space of a size you choose (as well as a small swap partition---virtual memory ala pagefile). About the only thing you might consider would be a defrag of the drive before Linux install to clear some space.

You will have to decide whether you wish to use Windows boot manager, EasyBCD or Linux's (grub, lilo, etc).


3. If instead you want to do it manually I recommend Parted Magic after doing a boot drive image backup.


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 Post subject: Re: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:54 am 
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Well, actually here's something else to consider.

If you're just trying out Linux, then I would recommend running it in a virtual machine rather than having it being a full blown install. This way you don't have to partition anything and you don't have to reboot to switch OSes. Unless you're doing something that requires the GPU, then you'll have more or less the same functionality.


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 Post subject: Re: Partitioning My 1tb Hard Drive
PostPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:16 pm 
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crwlngkngsnk wrote:
I use EaseUS Partition Master when Disk Management doesn't want to act right.

http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm

Oh, you might want to defrag first.



FYI with this program there is no need to make a bootable device. The computer will restart, run it's tasks and start again. Very convenient.


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