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Old 04-18-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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FFS Windows can I have some disk space please?


I just got a laptop with a 500GB hard drive installed with a clean copy of Win 7. I'm trying to shrink the windows volume from windows using Disk management and it's given me 230GB. There's less than 15 gig being used by the win 7 install. I want to dual boot but not if it's gonna cost me half the disk! I followed suggestions from here: http://skimfeed.com/blog/windows-7-f...ize-shrinking/ which freed up all of 280MB. Can anyone suggest how I can get more shrinkage out of win 7?
 
Old 04-18-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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The Windows partitioner simply will not shrink the system partition more than 50 of its original value. If you want more use third party tools like GParted.
 
Old 04-18-2015, 02:41 PM   #3
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The win installation won't get damaged like that right? I've defragged the drive several times so it should be okay?
 
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Usually GParted works fine, but errors can happen at any time with any software, so make sure that you have your backups done.
I personally never had a problem with GParted.
 
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Ditto, but it can cause Windows to run a deep check on the filesystem next time it starts up. Just be patient - one of mine took 45 minutes booting Win after the change. And that was only a part used 600 Gig disk (laptop).

Use Windows to create a recover image after it has done its work, then use gparted.
 
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As an aside, Linux will install quite nicely to an extended partition. On my Win7 box, Windows occupied four primary partitions (in my opinion, just because it could), so I put Linux on an extended partition.
 
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Thanks guys. I gave 7 30gb via gparted and it's still happy
 
  


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