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Re: Partitioning a drive with Windows 7 already installed

On 14/10/2010 04:43 πμ, Tom H wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:11 PM, Mark Allums <mark@allums.com> wrote:
>> On 10/13/2010 6:43 PM, Tom H wrote:
>>> On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 9:56 AM, Preston Boyington
>>> <preston.lists@gmail.com>  wrote:
>>>> Ogya Chief wrote:
>>>>> At this stage there is no data to backup. If there is any other thing I
>>>>> can backup, please let me know.
>>>> Since most newer computers don't come with a Restore disc, I would
>>>> suggest
>>>> burning the Restore partition and any associated "utility" partition to a
>>>> DVD.  Usually it fits on one.  That way if your hard drive goes belly up
>>>> later you can slap a new one in and put the machine back to a factory
>>>> state
>>>> if you wish.
>>> Don't all boxes ship with a utility to create restore DVDs from the
>>> restore partition?!
>> Often, they do, yes.  Typically, it allows exactly one copy to be created,
>> so, ensure that good media is used, and follow instructions to the letter.
>>  Once that copy is attempted, no more are allowed.
> You can mess with the registry to make another set of recovery disks
> if the first set is damaged or unduplicated

This is really unneeded. What I do on friend's laptops with
pre-installed Win7 and no recovery disks (just a recovery partition) who
want to install ubuntu or some other linux distro is this: I boot
Clonezilla, I open a shell, I delete the recovery partition (using
fdisk/cfdisk) and then I take a good compressed disk snapshot on an
external usb disk. Then, install debian/ubuntu on the 10Gigs of the
recovered space of the ex-recovery partition.

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