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Re: Partitioning a drive with Windows 7 already installed

On 13/10/2010 01:24 πμ, Ogya Chief wrote:

> 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.

I have Win 7 home premium. I will find out what tools for partitioning/backup came with it and decide on my next course of action.

For backing up the whole disk before starting with dangerous operations I suggest Clonezilla (the open-source equivalent of  Ghost). It use it regularly and hasn't betrayed me.
As for the rest procedures, I also suggest you resize the windows partition with gparted from a ubuntu live cd, and then run the debian installer.

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