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Old 10-29-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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HP Pavillion DV6-2043 partioning


I haven't taken delivery of the laptop yet, but thought I'd prepare myself more for what I want to do. The HP laptop has a 500GB drive with Windows 7 installed. I would like to shrink the Win7 partition to 250GB; then create a 200GB for backup etc., and the rest for Linux. I will back up everything first so it shouldn't be a biggy if it doesn't work. The reason for my post is that I haven't been successful in the past in shrinking partitions; so am wondering if anyone here has done something close to what I hope to do with similar hardware.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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You should be able to do this easily with Parted Magic. It's a bootable CD you can use to resize/partition, etc...Just google it and download. Read some documentation first, but it is pretty easy to use.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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You should be able to do this easily with Parted Magic. It's a bootable CD you can use to resize/partition, etc...Just google it and download. Read some documentation first, but it is pretty easy to use.
Thanks. I have used it before if you mean gparted for resizing and I messed everything up and wound up formatting and loading from scratch. I'll try it again with the most recent version.
 
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Parted Magic is not GParted, different programs that do similar things. I would expect that win 7 must have some type of program to shrink partitions and that would be the first option, use a windows program to work on a windows partition. If not, Parted Magic works well.
 
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I ran into this problem also and had to reformat. Problem I discovered was that the resize program called gnu parted in some way that caused chaos.

Start with a resize. Be aware you have resized a filesystem, not a partition. Then shrink the partition.
 
  


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