On Sunday, February 12, 2012 09:48:34 AM ACro wrote:
> Hi Arief,
> > Now I have another problem, how to move all this partition (and
> > turn some of them into extended partitions) without destroying them.
> > Guess I'll need to rediscover dd.
> I've met a similar problem and it could be solved happily. You must have
> some understanding of partitioning.
> First, it sounds like you have four primary partitions, with no extended
> partition among them: even if you shrink one, the resulting free space
> will be unusable because you can't create other partitions. In order to
> have more than four partitions, one of them *must* be extended: this
> allows you to create logical partitions into it.
> > the partition scheme is more-or-less like this:
> > 100M partition (hidden) - seems like a Windows-helper partition (I
> > read something about it, forgotten now)
> > 960 GB Windows partition
> > 20GB Recovery partion
> > 10M another part of recovery partition
> The following is what, in my opinion, you should do:
> 1) First, make a backup of your partitions.
> 2) Delete the last two Windows recovery partitions and remember their
> sizes: you will re-create them later (you can't move around partitions, or
> turn a primary into an extended!). 2) Start your Debian installer.
> 3) Resize your Windows partition with Debian's partitioning tool: this will
> inform you about the minimum size the partition must be, according to the
> volume of Windows' data (but leave your partition larger than this). 4)
> Re-create, at the end of the disk, the partitions you deleted: they must
> be *logical* partitions (this automatically creates an extended
> partition). 5) In the free space left in between, create your Debian
> system, as usually. Your first Debian partition can be primary, the others
> must be logical. Finish the installation and install GRUB in your MBR. 6)
> Now you can dual-boot.
> 7) Re-create the NTFS filesystems of both new Windows partitions and
> restore data in them. 8) Read the partitioning HOWTO ;-)
> Good luck,
I tried to do as you said, I also have windows in a 1TB drive.
How ever after shrinking win7-64 and installing Linux on the now extended partition, windows would not boot!!!!
On re-installing windows, everythig was set back to "normal" ie no Linux partition just windows.