Oops, i said MagicDisc, I meant Partition Magic was not compatable.
Hello fine folks of the CNET forums.
I just downloaded the beta of Windows 7, and want to install it on my Vista machine, a Dell XPS 410 with one hard drive. I went into Vista's disk management application to make myself a new partition to install 7 on. However, when I went to shrink NTFS OS (C:) by 17 gigs (16 is the minimum 7 needs), it said i could only shrink the volume by 0 MB. I have 140 GBs free on this disk.
Do, I ran a defragmenter, PerfectDisk, which said the disk was not bad, but did a little neatening up. Now, it says I can shrink the volume by about 12GBs, not enough for the minimum size of Windows 7.
MagicDisk is not Vista Compatable, as far as I know. I am wondering if I can use a program like Gparted on the Vista Ultimate partition without rendering it unbootable. After a Google search, I've seen some stories of the vista giving an error and not booting. I have the Dell disk that came with the computer, but I'd rather not have to risk repairing my drive, and I don't know if the Dell disk would have the repair utility.
Has anyone successfully partitioned their boot disk with Gparted? Are there other apps that can do it? Can I get the Vista Disk Manager to let me shrink my disk enough to install 7? Any help would be greatly appreciated.