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distro7
February 15th, 2011, 08:30 PM
I want to set up a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 on an HP Laptop. Here's the original drive layout, except I created the 2nd unallocated partition via Ubuntu.

unallocated unallocated 1mb
/dev/sda1 ntfs system 199mb used 66mb [boot]
/dev/sda2 ntfs 195gb used 44gb
unallocated 88.26gb
/dev/sda3 ntfs recovery 14.22gb
/dev/sda4 FAt32 HP Tools 103mb [H. Packard]

Now here's the problem: when I go into the drive with the Ubuntu Partitioner it will not [?can't] make another partition because they are all taken up [the 4 partition limit]
I have done several dual setups with Win X/P where you can install the 4th partition with NO problems.
Is there anyway to get around this problem ?
I hope I have explained it good enough.
Appreciate any help. Thanks.

wormyblackburny
February 15th, 2011, 08:36 PM
Blow away the HPtools partition. According to the HP forums it is fine to do that....

http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Notebook-Hardware/Hp-Tools-Partion/m-p/228360

3Miro
February 15th, 2011, 10:30 PM
In order to have more than 4 partition under DOS Partition table, you need an extended partition. Such partition can only be created after all the primary partitions. Basically, if you can:

- clone Tools and Recover
- delete Tools and move Recover
- add an extended partition and create logical partitions within
- copy Tools back into one of the logical partitions
- install Ubuntu on the other logical partitions

Possible issues:
- I don't know what effect moving/deleting Tools can have
- I don't know how windows recovery partition works, it may not be possible to move it (you can move it, but you may lose the ability to use it)

At any rate: BACKUP ALL IMPORTANT DATA BEFORE MESSING WITH PARTITIONS

distro7
February 17th, 2011, 02:51 AM
THANKS for the v. helpful replies. Ques: How do I clone Tools and Recover??

PS: could it be that MS created this stuff on Windoz 7 to give us dual-booters a hard time??