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Old 10-08-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Exclamation Trying to Disk Partition but.................(VISTA)


WINDOW VISTA 32-BIT
hp Pavilion Entertainment PC dv3

i am having trouble splitting my hard drive to the space that i want. (Partition so i can dual-boot Linux Ubuntu)

when i right click my C: drive to see how much space i have and used up:
USED:76.3 GB
FREE SPACE: 209 GB
with total capacity 285 GB


when i go to
start>right click computer>manage>storage>disk management

and try to shrink my volume for C: the max i can go

total size before shrink in MB: 292784
size of available shrink space in MB: 14856
total size after shrink in MB: 277928

why is that?? is there anyway i can free up more space.
i tried disk cleanup and got back 11gb but it still didnt change size of shrink space

i am going to use wubi to install linux and i feel that 14gb might not be enough if i wanna go for say a 7gb install

BTW the only to things i have in disk management is
C: NTFS HEALTHY
RECOVERY (D 12.17 GB HEALTHY NTFS
 
Old 10-08-2011, 04:52 PM   #2
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When you use Wubi you don't need to partition the disk.
 
Old 10-08-2011, 04:56 PM   #3
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so when i load up wubi i just use C: and put the installation size (say 7gb)... this wont delete my windows vista OS and i can dual boot?
 
Old 10-08-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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I would give it more than 7GB, give it 15GB instead.
And yes, Wubi will create a container-file on your Windows partition that is for installing Ubuntu in it. You will be able to dual boot and your Windows system will not be damaged.
 
Old 10-08-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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Thank you so much

im new to installing linux and was afraid that i was going to wipe my vista if i installed it on the same drive.

now i am going to install it and try it out

ill use 14-15gb and see where that takes me with the OS.

thanks!
 
Old 10-08-2011, 05:27 PM   #6
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You will only be able to shrink the C: partition to about 1/2 size using the Windows tool.
The MFT is located in the middle of the filesystem and won't be moved. You might try defragmenting the filesystem before reducing it. You could download and use a gparted disk instead. Also, most distro's allow you to resize the Windows as well during the installation. I reduced the size of the Windows 7 partition when install SuSE linux on my desktop. After reducing it, you may need to reboot into Windows and let Windows scan the drive.
 
Old 10-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #7
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so download a 3rd party system to partition and i can also reduce my windows vista partition? okay i will definitely check out gparted disk and see where that takes me

thxs for the support!
 
Old 10-08-2011, 05:54 PM   #8
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Don't use windows disk management to shrink your disk. use gparted that comes on the live cd.
 
Old 10-08-2011, 11:40 PM   #9
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gparted-live will shrink as well as check file system before actul task.
Defragment before performing operation.
 
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Don't use windows disk management to shrink your disk. use gparted that comes on the live cd.
Actually, if one were to reduce the partition by something like 30%, the windows disk management program would be an easy way to do it.
I don't know why the OP had problems with it. I used it on my netbook (yes it came with Vista). I ended up replacing the hard drive with an SSD drive, and no more Vista.
 
  


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