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Reinstalling Linux due to a slip up with the W7 RC installer.

Posted 05-10-2009 at 07:53 AM by Seph64
Updated 05-10-2009 at 03:38 PM by Seph64

Yeah, I am testing out Windows 7, because I enjoy testing new things out.

One of the irks was that I had delete all the partitions I had in order to install this spoiled child. Creating a partition in free space of 100GB of a 200GB drive (50GB was used for Linux, and another for another installation of Windows) would yield nothing but errors.

Deleting of the other Windows partition would allow me to create a partition of that space. But to create a partition in the freespace where the former 100GB partition was is NOT ALLOWED. *facepalm*

I do not recall being hindered when I installed Vista in that same space several months before. But evidently, something about 100GB is not desired by the Windows 7 installer, whereas the 50GB space is perfectly fine.

Of course I could have taken the easy route and installed Windows 7 on the 50GB space. But, I like being a stupid idiot at times, so I just deleted all the big partitions on the drive and created a 200GB Windows partition (for some reason, Windows 7 had no problems creating a partition of the entire drive, it was just that 100GB of free space it had problems with -_-). Although I made sure to backup the home directory of the linux partition first.

Ok, that was a longer rant than I would have liked...

Back to the main focus of the post: Reinstalling Linux.

What I would like to do is make a 10GB partition (or somewhere around that space), having certain directories be binded/linked to a folder on the Windows drive. (/var/, /usr/portage/distfiles/, and /home/ for examples) This way I wouldn't have to make a big partition for Linux. And since ntfs-3g is an easy and (at least to me) stable way to read/write to NTFS, I shouldn't have any problems doing so. Would there be any specific problems I should know about in installing it this way?

Erm, well it seems Windows won't allow me to shrink it's own partition beyond 830MB for some reason, I might have to repartition the drive yet again.
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