I didn’t want to create an account on another more apropriate forum just for this one question, and I have faith in the computer savviness of Blender users, so here is my situation:
I recently bought a laptop that came with Windows Vista installed. I am not a fan of Windows or the extremely dumbed-down Vista and have been using Ubuntu for a while. However, when I know that I will require a Windows OS in the future for college because, let’s all face it, there are some rare things that can only be done in Windows -or at least easily enough in Windows. So I want to dual boot Vista and Ubuntu. Except Vista doesn’t play nice with creating partitions. The Vista partitioner says I can only shrink its partition by 455 mb even though I have over 230 gb of free space. I do not want to use a linux or other partitioner because they write over data that is towards the end of the disk. So I found the option of diskpart.exe in Windows. Does anyone know if it works well without writing over important data?
There is a recovery partition and the windows partition which is 290 gb. I want another partition for Ubuntu and another to store all my personal files on that will be shared between both Windows and Linux.
Any other advice?
Solution (review before I do it!): GParted will mess up the MBR and cause Windows not to boot, but that is easily fixable with a Windows recovery disk according to http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo…sta-partition/.
This sounds like a resonably acceptable method to me. So, unless anyone advises me not to proceed, I will partition my drive with the GParted livecd and then fix the boot issue with my Windows recovery disk.
Seepost #13 for more info.
Update: Gparted worked great, no problems at all.