I have the following hard disk setup:
- C:\ Win 7 OS disk NTFS
- D:\ Recovery Disk NTFS
- F:\ General NTFS
- G:\ General NTFS
- SYSTEM NTFS
- HP_TOOLS NTFS
The HD is 500GB in size and is a dynamic disk with the partitions as mentioned above.
The C:\ drive is the Windows 7 OS disk. It has a lot of space. Should I shrink it and create a new partition out of it and install ubuntu (dual boot) there or shrink a partition other than the OS partition. Note that the disk is a dynamic disk and has 6 partitions (thanks to HP). I imagine it is better to install a different OS( and bootloader) in the partitions at the 'edges' like C:\ or G:\ . Also, which file system is it better to install ubuntu in? ext4 or ntfs? If I uninstall ubuntu in the future, can I reclaim an ext4 partition using windows?
EDIT: Oh rats. The disk is a dynamic disk! I read that dual boot cannot be done on a dynamic disk - it only permits one OS to be installed. Any methods to convert dynamic disk to basic disk needs deleting the dynamic disk. However I saw some tools which claimed they will magically convert dynamic to basic without data loss.