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Re: Dual boot GNU and Windows 7
Re: Dual boot GNU and Windows 7
Sat, 26 Mar 2011 15:51:15 -0400
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On 2011/03/26 16:52 (GMT) Sebastian Tennant composed:
I remember reading a while back that resizing Windows Vista partitions with
Gparted can make it unbootable (XP should be fine though). Not sure if that
is still the case, or what is the deal for Windows 7.
Funny, I just read something similar. As a result I thought I'd try resizing
using Windows' own disk tool and this is what it tells me:
"You cannot shrink a volume beyond the point where any unmovable files are
Total size before shrink: 431938 MB
Size of available shrink space: 201358 MB
Total size after shrink: 230580 MB
Can you believe it!
The 35 GB of data actually on the disk is somehow distributed over 230 GB of
disk space in such a way that none of the remaining 195 GB of empty space can
be used for anything else. How brain-damaged is that!
Sure. You'd think the built in tool would be smart enough to handle them, but
Invariably on a newish system the only files responsible for the obstacle are
the huge paging file and the also huge hibernation file. You can shrink,
eliminate or move them via system settings before starting the Vista resizing
tool, and may not even need to go to that much trouble if you boot into safe
mode (almost like single user, with no daemons running) to perform the resize
operation. Safe mode prevents the multitude of automatic start on boot
programs that litter the system tray and steal so much RAM. Also not having
all their DLLs in RAM means they aren't locked open files either.
If not using Windows' built in resizer, you can simply delete those two
(huge) "unmovable" files by mounting the WINSYS partition after booting the
Linux system you run GPartEd from prior to actually starting GPartEd.
More for multibooters to consider is that historically, it's inevitable that
Windows will eventually need re-installing. So, to prevent damaging Linux
when that time does come, read http://fm.no-ip.com/PC/install-doz-after.html
before planning further. In particular, note that Windows' boot loader can
start Grub, which means in part that Grub need not be the primary boot loader.
My normal procedure for setting up multiboot with Windows is to obtain the
OEM installation (_not_ recovery) media first, then wipe completely and
partition fully for both Windows and however many partitions I need for
other, then install Windows from the _installation_ media, then install
whatever else needs installing. In large part I do this to:
1-give the precious (usually faster) front of disk space to a swap partition
and Linux system partition(s)
2-segregate Windows data on a separate much larger partition from system and
programs, so that data is not lost through virus or trojan corruption or
common user re-installation blundering
3-keep the (logical) WinSYS partition as small as practical (as little as 3G
for W2K, 6G for WXP, considerably more for Vista & 7)
4-after completely installing and customizing Windows and Windows apps, clone
the WinSYS partition to a twin partition at or near end of disk, so that when
Windows inevitably needs to be re-installed, all I need to do is clone the
clone back to the original space
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)
Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409 ** a11y rocks!
Felix Miata *** http://fm.no-ip.com/
Re: Dual boot GNU and Windows 7, kf, 2011/03/26