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Old 05-26-2008, 04:38 AM   #1
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Noob with dell xps m1530

Hello, i have a dell xps m1530, i have had quite a time with linux but installing on lappy would be the first one.I am confused with how do i partition my system to dual boot vista and keep the "recovery partition"
I have currently 2 partitions on my system
C:= 210gb
D:= recovery
C: has windows vista which came pre-installed.I wanted to ask if i wanted to dual boot system b/w linux and windows, may I just resize C: to say
C: windows 30 gb
D: windows additioaal partition 60 gb
E:- linux [prolly /dev/sda6] linux 20 gb
F:- linux 60 gb /dev/sda7
g:- linux 40 gb /dev/sda8
g:= recovery

[cant put recovery before it because i will resize C:.Than I run recovery (so vista will be re-installed in c: ,then I install linux in the /dev/sda6 if i want /dev/sda6 as my root?]

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Old 05-26-2008, 04:51 AM   #2
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No need to re-install Vista.
Try resizing using the Vista tools - on my M1330 it would not go below 50%. I used the gparted liveCD to shrink it further. On reboot Vista went through re-org - took about 45 minutes, but worked fine after that. Then do the partitioning (I prefer gparted as it'll do Linux filesystems), and Linux install(s).

Old 05-26-2008, 04:56 AM   #3
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syg00 thanks for a quick reply.Ok, thanks.


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