On 13/10/2010 02:07 μμ, steef wrote: > Γιώργος Πάλλας schreef: >> 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. >> > > could dd_rescue be a suggestion? > > steef > > dd_rescue for backup? Isn't it a bit low-level for the simple use of backing up a disk? Clonezilla also does recognize the filesystems and takes up space only for used disk space...
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