Re: How can I install Ubuntu and keep my files?
First thing you should do is back off ALL the "important" files.
Originally Posted by acidincense27
If you're not able to do that, then leave it alone.
Do NOT attempt to use ANY Linux utilities to shrink (or split) the Vista partition. It has a nasty reputation for being easily corrupted. And if that happens, you can say goodbye to all the "important" files.
Once you have backed off your important files, you can TRY using the Vista Disk Management utility to shrink the OS partition -- but don't be surprised if it doesn't allow much shrinkage. It's famous for that.
And, once again, do NOT resort to using Linux utilities to try to FORCE the shrinkage down to a level you want. That's very likely to corrupt the Vista filesystem and render it unbootable. And then, how are you going to retrieve your important files if you can't even boot the PC?
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