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Thread: Dual Boot Windows 7

  1. #1
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    Dual Boot Windows 7

    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.

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    Re: Dual Boot Windows 7

    Blow away the HPtools partition. According to the HP forums it is fine to do that....

    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Noteboo...ion/m-p/228360

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    Re: Dual Boot Windows 7

    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

  4. #4
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    Question Re: Dual Boot Windows 7

    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??

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