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    Arrow [SOLVED] Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Hi there,

    I am having some difficulty sorting out a dual boot option for MS Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on my HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea I was hoping to set it up like this and seem to be having difficulties:

    750gb HDD
    104mb (Assume that this is for Windows 7)
    120gb Windows System Partition
    605gb Windows Data disk
    20gb Ubuntu 12.04
    5gb SWAP

    Can someone tell me if this is even possible or am I missing something here?

    Also having re-installed Windows 7 I am having a few difficulties and I am going to put that down to HP driver problems.

    Thanks

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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Almost all HPs come with all 4 primary partitions used. So you have to delete one. Best to burn image DVDs, and then you can delete either the backup image and/or the HP tools.

    Good advice on how to handle all four primary partitions used. - srs5694
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1686440
    Besure to create recovery DVD(s) first. And a Windows repair CD.
    HP tools partition discussion - similar for other vendor partitions:
    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...on/td-p/228360
    For a complete blow-by-blow on dealing with HP's four partitions, see Full Circle Magazine, issue 41, page 36. http://fullcirclemagazine.org/
    Shrinking a Windows 7 partition is best done in Windows. But do not create new partitions with Windows.
    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...windows-vista/

    The vendor recovery DVDs are just an image of your drive as purchased. If you have housecleaned a lot of cruft normally included, run many updates with many reboots, and added software you may want a full back up.
    Backup windows before install - post by Mark Phelps
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1626990
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
    Another suggestion by srs5694
    http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

    Make your own Windows repairCD (not vendor recovery):
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/w...em-repair-disc
    http://forums.techarena.in/guides-tutorials/1114725.htm

    Windows 7 repair USB, Also Vista if service pack installed
    http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-re...tion-dvd-disc/
    http://www.webupd8.org/2010/10/creat...usb-drive.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Question Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    OK, thanks for the very comprehensive answer, the Full Circle Magazine was very useful.

    I think I know undersand the problem, although I'm still not sure if I am able to have the disks set up in the way I want at the end?

    Does this make sense to everyone with logical and primary partitions?

    750gb HDD

    104mb (Assume that this is for Windows 7) Logical
    120gb Windows System Partition Primary
    605gb Windows Data disk Primary
    20gb Ubuntu 12.04 Primary
    5gb SWAP Primary

    Thanks
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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Hold on just re-reading the Full Circle Mag and am I understanding it right where it says that Ubuntu can be run of logical and not primary partitions?

    I thought that OS's had to be run off primary partitions? Any clarification?

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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Quote Originally Posted by Village View Post
    Hold on just re-reading the Full Circle Mag and am I understanding it right where it says that Ubuntu can be run of logical and not primary partitions?

    I thought that OS's had to be run off primary partitions? Any clarification?

    Thanks
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    You can have a maximum of 4 primary partitions in a single hdd. If you want more partition, create an extended partition, which is a special primary partition that can hold logical partitions. So you can have for example 3 primary partitions and an extended one which contains other logical partitions.
    Logical partitions act just like primary partitions and you can install Ubuntu wherever you want.

    Take a look here for more :
    http://www.ahuka.com/other/partition.html

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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Right,

    It looks like I have been able to get the laptop set up how I would like, and now I seem to understand a little more about partitions.

    Thanks for all your assistance!

    I now need to get Windows and HP into the shape I like them.

    I did that in Ubuntu pritty quickly.

    Thanks

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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    Windows has to boot from a primary partition and Windows 7 creates a separate 100MB hidden boot partition (often sda1). They claim it is so you can encrypt your main Windows partition as the boot cannot be encrypted. It also has the recovery software as the assumption is you may have issues with the main partition but not the boot.

    I think it is just so they can use all four partition, then users do not install another system and make their lives difficult as their repair scripts do not know how to handle non-standard configurations.

    Linux boots & reads logical partitions just fine. Windows will also read a shared NTFS partition for data you may want to share between Windows and Ubuntu. I have my Firefox & Thunderbird profiles in a shared NTFS partition.
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    Re: Partition for Dual-boot Win 7 & Ubuntu 12.04 on HP Pavilion dv6-6052ea

    All a bit frustrating really with MS Windows.

    I have a shared "Data" drive between the two OS's.

    Got to say that 12.04 looks good!

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