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Re: Partitioning a drive with Windows 7 already installed

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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