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Old 01-04-2013, 05:23 PM   #1
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How to partition disk for ubuntu on sony vaio laptop with win 7 preinstalled?

I would like to install ubuntu 12.04 alongside preinstalled windows 7. Program GParted gave the following partitions:

Partition File Label Size Used Unused Flags
unallocated unallo- 1.00MiB ... ...
/dev/sda1/ ntfs Recovery 14.34GiB 13.23GiB 1.11GiB
/dev/sda2/ ntfs System 100.00MiB 33.59MiB 66.41MiB boot
/dev/sda3/ ntfs 451.39GiB 49.39GiB 401.94GiB

Will it be OK if I schrink partition /dev/sda3/ to let say 250 GB and then on the rest free place make extended partition /dev/sda4/ with two logical partitions /dev/sda5/ of size 192 GB for ubuntu and /dev/sda6/ of size 8 GB for swap? How is with GRUB? Where will it reside and will it find windows bootloader?
Tomaz Kolenko
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:27 PM   #2
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To be honest, with Win7, I find it's easier to use the Win7 disk tool to shrink the partition. So long as you don't go below 50% of the allocation. Win7 reacts better to the resize on re-boot. gparted is fine too (for any resize), but can cause long recovery on the next reboot.
Creating logicals is a good idea IMHO.
Grub will go in the MBR by default, and Ubuntu will construct a dual boot for you.
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