How to Allocate Unallocated Space on HDD

March 16, 2011 at 09:25:52
Specs: Windows 7
I have recently installed Win7, after finding out it completely eats Linuxs boot loader (GRUB) i spent hours messing around with that i ended up having to reinstall Ubuntu.

I had left unallocated space so that i could expand drives when i needed them. Today i have found out i have the maxium amount of primary pratitions -

Primary :

OEM - Dell - partition 100mb
Win 7 - system reserve
Win 7 - Main OS
Ubuntu - Main OS

Unallocated :

Unallocated Space - 65 GB
Free Space - 1.89 (previously Swap space)

Any one have any idea to either split the disk space betwen operating systems or allocate it all to win7.

At the moment using Windows Disk Management Software -

Im unable to create new volume with the both spaces because im maxed out with the 4 currently active.

And i cant delete the Free Space because windows says the disk space is too small.

Obvoiusly the worst case is that i have to remove ubuntu and use "Expand Partitions" to make logical Partition space. Done this reinstallation too many times.... lol


Any ways around this problem will be much appreicated!!


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#1
March 16, 2011 at 20:58:48
You would need one of your partitions to be an extended partition so you can make logical drives, in order to do this, you would have to delete the last partition, the one with Linux on it and then recreate the partition. As long as you will need to reinstall Ubuntu anyway, consider adding another hard drive just for linux and it's partitions and expanding the Windows Partition, or creating a partition intended for sharing files between Linux and Windows, and possibly a windows partition on the Linux drive for Windows backup.

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


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#2
March 16, 2011 at 23:26:58
you might be advised that installing multiple systems has its own issues, in your case win 7 first, then linux, although you could have installed Easybcd and created a a multiboot or just reinstalled grub, fingers is right remove lunux create your drives as you want them then reinstall, it only takes a few minutes and will save you lots of frustration. format reinstall is so fast with newer OS and machines, all the messing around looking for errors and reasons is basically outdated.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#3
March 17, 2011 at 06:52:54
Thanks for your response guys,


I did end up reinstalling Ubuntu and considering getting another HDD as a backup would not be a bad idea considering how much a 160gb drive costs these day.

Also found a great partition manager "EASEUS Partition Master" This allowed me to make any drive logical even if it was the first partition therefore made my dell OEM Logical. Heres a link below

http://download.cnet.com/EASEUS-Par...

thanks again!


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