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I have a dualboot of windows 7 and ubuntu. Now I want to add an extra partition in windows with the internal partition manager. But does this hold any danger for the existing linux partitions? I mean, can this do any harm to my linux partitions in a way that it is wiped or something like that? Or should I use another program like gparted?

Also, when doing this via windows, do I only need to shrink the first partition and then add an additional one?


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No it does not. So just go a head.

Modern distributions use UUID´s to detect what partition to mount where. So its not dependent of the partition scheme.

But yes in the old days adding a partition would mean you changed names for partitions possibly rendering your system unbootable until you changed the partition names to be correct in your fstab file

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+1 for mentioning the old naming convention in /etc/fstab. Basically it does not matter which OS changes the partitioning scheme. The only important aspect is the OSs should find the partitions required to boot/run the system. – lgarzo Apr 12 '12 at 8:15

I think you can make no harm. But keep in mind that under windows you can manage ntfs and fat32 partitions only.

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