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How do i partition my 1TB HD which has just one volume ?

by uditranjan18 / January 30, 2013 5:52 PM PST

I want to partition the hard disk since there is just one volume C ( OS) and install ubuntu also. Do i need to take a backup of my data? Also, does another volume contain the new OS ubuntu?

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Did you try to do this?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 11:41 PM PST

And yes, for any reason we always have a backup of what we can't lose. Hard drives fail all the time and some folk are not prepared. does not go into great detail but the last time I did that I did not have to partition the drive. I select the option to install Ubuntu alongside the install OS and the installer made the room for me.

Some folk don't try that and lose weeks or months trying to partition when if they had gone ahead and followed the directions they would have been done.

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Right. I didnt try this
by uditranjan18 / January 31, 2013 3:05 PM PST

And I think it makes sense to take a backup and use use a partitioning program, just in case.

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So again, why use something else than the installer?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2013 12:15 AM PST

The installer makes room for the "along side" install without you worrying about if you are using a good partition software or if you are partitioning properly.

I don't see any upside to "use use a partitioning program, just in case."

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Re: partitioning
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 30, 2013 6:03 PM PST

You've got to use a partitioning program to shrink the current partition. That leave x GB of unallocated space that the Ubuntu install will use to install Ubuntu on in a dual-boot configuration.

Just in case anything goes wrong during the shrinking, it makes sense to make an image-backup first. Most likely (99,9% or more) you won't need it, but in that 0,1 or 0,01% of the cases you lose everything. But that's your choice.


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Partitioning is easy.
by spittsp / January 31, 2013 1:39 PM PST

I used Easeus Partition Manager (free) to shrink the partition that Windows 7 (500 GB) was on to create two other partitions. I then downloaded Ubuntu and installed it to one of the newly created partitions. I am now able to dual-boot either Windows 7 or Ubuntu. Easeus was easy to use and Ubuntu did the rest. I lost nothing in shrinking the partition and had no problems in creating two others. It was easy and I am no computer whiz.

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(NT) Thanks. Should try this.
by uditranjan18 / January 31, 2013 3:05 PM PST
In reply to: Partitioning is easy.
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