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Re: Install on new computer keeping OEM OS



On 12/13/2009 05:38 AM, Alan Evans wrote:
> I just got a brand-new machine with Windows 7 pre-installed on its
> massive hard drive. Of course, Fedora is more my style, but I'd like
> to keep the original OS intact and dual boot.
> 
> My question is this then: How safe is it really to allow the installer
> to resize the existing partition with Win7 already there? I saw that
> it had the option, but I was terrified to try it.
Some would say partitioning is a process that always requires a backup,
hence:
- create a compressed backup of the new raw disc onto the old disk
- run the resize during install
- if it all goes foul, you have learnt how to create and use a backup.

That said, I haven't seen anything go wrong with gparted / parted, well
ever (in my memory, including expanding and shrinking an xp machine
original ntfs drives, to fit linux). I quite often do the non-backed up
version of messing with partitions on virtual machines without trouble.
gparted indicates support for ntfs shrink.


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