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Being brand new to this, although I've done alot of research, I would like confirmation that what I want to do is achievable with the current disk partition I have on my laptop. Current set up via g-parted is this:


/dev/sda1 fat 32 SYSTEM 200MB 34.21mb used 165.79mb unused BOOT

/dev/sda2! unknown 128mb 0 used 0 unused MSFTRES

/dev/sda3 ntfs OS 279.45 42.31gb used 237.14gb unused

/dev/sda4 ntfs DATA 393.86gb 3gb used 390.86gb unused

/dev/sda5 ntfs RECOVERY 25gb 18.69used 6.31gb unused HIDDEN,DIAG

Based on everything I've read, the partitioning I want is-

To reduce dev/sda3 to 75GB (leaves approx 25% free space) in windows

in gparted:

change /dev/sda4 to extended and shrink to 105GB

Create /dev/sda6 Root - 30gb

Create /dev/sda7 Swap 12gb (twice my ram 6gb)

Create /dev/sda8 Home - 60gb

Create another primary NTFS partition for data sharing between Windows & Ubuntu with remaining space.

Can I achieve this with my current drive setup (since it already has 4 primary partitions)? If yes,how do I go about it?

FYI /dev/sda2 is a Microsoft reserved partition, details here:

I've found a program via Windows 7 forums to move bootmgr to C drive (Easy BCD). Shd I try this first?

If you have a better idea for set up, please tell me.

Finally, how do I change /dev/sda4 to extended when I already have 4 primary partitions? Normally you create a new partition from unallocated free space and choose extended, but I can't create a new primary partition if I've already got 4......

I'm determined to get Ubuntu onto my computer but it's been alot more involved/complicated than expected!

Thanks in advance, Karly

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Welcome to askubuntu! Just a quick thought regarding swap. I think you'll find that with 6GB of RAM you'll never use close to that much swap. In fact, I just checked and with 3 tabs open on Firefox, Grub customizer and Update manager and a terminal open I'm using all of 11 MB of swap in a system with only 1 GB of RAM installed. Ubuntu is a LOT more efficient using RAM than Windows. In fact you could likely get by just fine without any swap at all. – Elder Geek Jun 25 '14 at 0:14
Normally, the first thing to do when attacking a project like this is to image or clone the drive to insure that if you make a mistake you'll be no worse off. I realize it's been over a year since you posted this question and much may have changed. If you still need help with this let us know. – Elder Geek Jun 25 '14 at 0:19

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