Re: Partitioning a drive with Windows 7 already installed
On 10/12/2010 2:54 PM, Ogya Chief wrote:
I have just bought a pc with Windows 7 pre-installed and I want to
partition and install debian on the drive. If I use the debian
installer's partitioner, what precautions do I have to take in order not
to damage the Windows partition?
If you care about Windows 7 at all (e.g., for playing games) you should
back up the Win 7 installation completely before starting. How you go
about it depends on your new machine. If it came with recovery options,
you should investigate them. With the Ultimate edition, Win 7 comes
with a good backup program, you can use that. Otherwise, you can look
to the various alternatives for backing up.
But I urge you to use something. Most of the programs, free and
non-free, work properly to shrink a partition, but it is easy to commit
a user error and wipe things out completely.
If it were me, I would shrink (resize) the partition first, before
running the Debian installer. That is, take it in reversible stages.
This is a matter of taste. It isn't strictly necessary.