So I just received a Lenovo Y580 for work that I was intending to dual boot Ubuntu on. I unfortunately have to keep the W7 OS installed for work but I can install another OS for my personal use. Apparently, Lenovo systems ship with 4 partitions which the Lenovo forums say "not to touch".
SYSTEM_DRV 200MB NTFS
LENOVO 25.27GB NTFS
Windows7_OS 420.56GB NTFS
(No Name) 19.53GB (No FS) - noted as (OEM Partition)
I figured I could just shrink the Windows7_OS partition down 150GB and install on that. When I shrink it though, I can't set it up as an NTFS with Windows7 and when I boot into the 12.04 Live CD, it tells me that the "free space" is unusable. I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions on:
a.) Why is the free space unusable and is there a way to access it?
b.) Is there a way to merge Lenovo's partitions without screwing up the Windows OS?
I realize this is a fairly specialized question, but I figured I'd get more help here than the Lenovo forums.