I have 1 HD with the following OSes, each on his own partition:
p4 Ubuntu Studio
p5 Unallocated (not actually a partition)
I intended to create a 5th partition, formatted as NTFS, for data. That's when I found out that Windows only supports 4 partitions per disk (yeah, I know, should've looked it up first). On Win7 Disk Management applet, they're all listed as "Primary Partition".
I've come up with a few possible solutions:
s1. Move partitions p3 & p4 down towards the end of the HD, and add half of the available space to partition p2 (Win7) and the other half to partition p4 (Ubuntu Studio).
s2. Move partitions p3 & p4 to the end of the HD, and add all available space to partition p2 (Win7).
s3. Increase partition p4 (Ubuntu Studio) to take up all the available space.
q1. Win7 Disk Management applet gives me no option to move or resize (other than shrink) the partitions. Does this mean I'll have to use another partition manager (e.g., gparted)?
q2. If I move the partitions p3 & p4 (both Ubuntu), will there be any impact on grub?
q3. Is there any way to turn partition p4 to extended instead of primary? If so, what are the consequences?
Any option/advice/alternate solution is welcome.