Max 4 partitions on Compaq CQ61

Hewlett-packard Compaq presario cq61-420...
April 22, 2011 at 07:55:36
Specs: Windows 7, Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz
Hello, I got a Compaq Presario C61 and trying to install another operating system with dual boot. But CQ61 has 4 partitions as shown in the photo so i can not create another partition in GPARTED is they anyway i can get rid of one? Thanks

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April 22, 2011 at 08:04:35
Your link doesn't work.

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April 22, 2011 at 08:05:48
If you want to show us something you better link to something besides dropbox. I personally am not interested in dropbox and I am not interested in getting you more storage there.

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April 22, 2011 at 08:07:17

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April 22, 2011 at 08:16:15
Have you tried to partition the Free Space?

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April 22, 2011 at 08:21:11
Create an extended partition in the free space. Then you can create as many logical partitions as you need within that.

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April 22, 2011 at 09:10:11
Your link in response 1 works when I tried it just now - did you correct it yourself or did a forum moderator - e.g. OtheHill - do that for you?

What other operating system(s) do you intend to multi boot this computer with ? If that's XP or 2000, there are things you need to be made aware of.

You are allowed to create or have up to 4 Primary partitions, or up to 3 Primary partitions and one Extended partition.
Within that Extended partition you can make one or more Logical partitions - e.g. on a hard drive I have , there are 3 Primary partitions, an Extended partition, and 4 Logical partitions within that Extended partition, for a total of 7 partitions.

Your picture shows dark green lines - a border - thicker on the ends, thinner top and bottom, around the portion of the drive's space labelled Free space.That indicates you have already made that space an Extended partition - you need to make one or more Logical partitions within that Extended partition.
(1,024 mb per gb)
(You can't make more Primary or Extended partitions because the entire drive space is occupied by the 3 Primary partitions and the Extended partition. )

If you want to be able to restore the original data contents of C, don't mess with your Recovery partition at all - leave it as is

Your System partition for whatever reason has no drive letter - it won't show up in Computer (in Vista or Windows 7) or My Computer (in XP and below) or Windows Explorer when it has no drive letter - one can be assigned to it in Disk Management if you wish.

You have lots of free space on some of your partitions.
You can make some of those smaller to free up un-allocated space if you like.
The unallocated space can be added to adjacent un-allocated space or to adjacent allocated space You can't re-size a partition in XP and below itself without losing all the data on the partition, but you CAN re-size partitions without losing the data on them if you use a third party program to do that. However, it's recommended that you back up the data on the partition one way or another BEFORE you re-size it.

I recommend using newer programs such as the freeware Easeus Partition Master Home Edition, rather than older programs such as GParted. It's 100% Vista / Windows 7 compatible - older "partition manipulation" programs are NOT.

You CAN re-size partitions in Vista and Windows 7 without losing the data on them in Windows itself, however the Help info in Windows itself about that is sparse. There are tutorials about that on the web.

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April 22, 2011 at 12:16:18
Thanks for your very clear reply, i am installing Windows XP onto another partition to dual boot (test reason). It appears there was already a partition inside free space so going to leave that incase it has important HP files. But i have made a 2nd partition inside Free space, so will i be able to install a operating system on that and dual boot.

PS. I changed the first link my self

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April 22, 2011 at 13:31:50
"It appears there was already a partition inside free space so going to leave that incase it has important HP files."

The Free space labeling in that case indicates the Extended partition had no data on it.
It can't have data on it if it has no Logical partitions within the Extended Partition.
It would not originally have had an Extended partition on the hard drive. Either you did that yourself when you were fiddling with GParted or someone else did that

"PS. I changed the first link my self"

The reason I asked that was until recently you could not edit the first post in a Topic after at least one response post appeared in the Topic - the forum moderator was the only one who could do that.

"i am installing Windows XP onto another partition to dual boot (test reason)."

If you use the built in multi-boot support of Windows 7 or XP, when you multi-boot XP or 2000, and Vista or Windows 7, whenever you boot XP or 2000,
ALL the System Restore restore points in Vista or Windows 7 are DELETED, EVERY TIME you boot XP or 2000.

If it concerns you that the restore points in Windows 7 or Vista are going to be deleted....

Microsoft has no fix, it has only two workarounds.
One is to use the BitLocker feature, but that is only available in the Ultimate, Business, or Professional versions of Vista or Windows 7.
The other workaround may not work in al situations, so you'll still lose the restore points sometimes anyway.

I got around that for a system multibooting XP MCE 2005 and Vista Home Premium by using a third party multi-boot program, BootIt! NG, but it's not free.
There are instructions on the maker's web site that tell you how toset things in the program to HIDE Vista's or Windows 7's partition Windows was installed on while booting XP to avoid the deleting the restore points problem.
It also supports Vista and Windows 7/s ACPI support properly - some third party multi-boot programs DO NOT - e.g. Standby / Hibernate will not work properly.

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