Re: Partitioning a dual-boot laptop with 32GB SSD. Advice requested
My guess is you are using MBR BIOS, not UEFI -- in which case you can NOT create any more partitions on the HDD. The four there already max out the limit.
You could move the HP_TOOLS stuff into an existing partition and remove that -- but that is so small as to be all but useless.
IF you plan to shrink down the Win7 OS partition to make room, be sure to use the Win7 Disk Management tool --NOT the Ubuntu installer or any Linux filesystem utility.
IF you don't feel comfortable using the Win 7 Disk Management tool, then download the MiniTool Partition Wizard Boot CD, burn a CD from that ISO file, and boot from that. That is a full-feature Windows partitioning tool.
Also, BEFORE you mess around with installing Ubuntu, do yourself a favor, download and install the free version of Macrium Reflect (MR), burn the MR Linux Boot CD, and image off Win7 (including the boot partition) to an external drive. That way, if anything goes wrong during the dual-boot setup, you will have a way to restore Win7.
Ubuntu 15.04 Mate, Mint 17.1; MS Win 8.1, Win10 TP.
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