Help solving partition problem win7

February 10, 2011 at 09:23:55
Specs: Windows 7 32bit, 3.00 GB

I have a Lenovo z560 Win 7 OS system .Initially i had two partitions C 421GB and D 29GB and
now i cannot create any other partition . I am getting
"You cannot create a new volume in this unallocated space because the disk already contains the maximum number of partitions " message box.
I tried by deleting the d drive and creating the partion from C so that "too many partition error woulld not come " however it did not help .
I need to install another Operating system Linux in the new partition for my project and its really important
help !

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February 10, 2011 at 11:15:00

Is your system overclocked?

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February 10, 2011 at 18:57:05

As above you are posting in the CPU/Overclocking forum, you should have posted in the Windows 7 forum.

You can have up to 4 primary partitions or 3 primary partitions and one extended partition with many logical partitions within the extended partition. You should have a Boot sector (not usually counted as a partition since it is used before accessing operating system), your main partition with 'C' drive on it, and a recovery partition (your 'D' drive) which will allow you to reinstall windows in the event of a major OS problem (should be left alone). Unless you have more than what you are telling us, or a partition of minimal length due to a failed partition attempt (delete), you should be fine. Look carefully at Disk Manager to see all partitions there. You should not delete your recovery partition, especially if you have not yet made a recovery DVD from within windows. If you shrink your 'C' drive in Windows 7 with Disk Manager, your Linux installer should be able to create the partition(s) in the unallocated space if you truly have not reached the limit. Since a proper linux installation should have more than one partition, make it an extended partition so you can then create as many logical partitions as you need for Linux (Linux does not care if it is on a logical partition).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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March 2, 2011 at 19:33:59

right click the windows 7 primary partition (not the system volume) and expand it.
that will get back your unallocated space.
Use GRUB or some other 3rd party to partition properly ...2 primary's 1 Large logical..../many extended parts inside the logical...Note the system volume counts as a primary so its really 2 primary's

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March 2, 2011 at 19:36:38

Now after that unallocated space is recovered...Right click the primary AGAIN..choose will make the appropriate logical changes for you

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March 2, 2011 at 19:40:08

However; I believe you still must delete a primary in order to merge the previously 'unallocated' space to a volume other then the windows primary....using the Windows partition manager

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