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:
PARTITION/FILE SYSTEM/LABEL/SIZE/USED/UNUSED/FLAGS /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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Reserved_Partition
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