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I need help trying to dual boot windows 7

Link to this post 05 Oct 10

I have a Toshiba A-505 laptop running 64-bit windows 7. I want to install Ubuntu for security and functionality. However I still want to use Windows 7 for business and school, it has all my documents and several applications I can't afford to lose, is there any way I can install Ubuntu and still maintain all my windows 7 data and apps and be able to run windows 7 in Virtualbox or a similar app?

Link to this post 05 Oct 10

I would recommend looking at shrinking the windows7 partition using the included disk management software, then installing Ubuntu on a new separate partition made from the newly freed space. This will allow you to boot to which ever system you choose when the computer starts.

Link to this post 05 Oct 10

I see what you mean, but the partition program for 7 is nightmarish, I'm not comfortable doing myslef, I'll look into and if I need help (which i probably will) I'll contact you. Thankyou for your input, you are an asset to this establishment.

Link to this post 05 Oct 10

The partition editor for windows 7 is a bit awkward, but I recommended that tool because it it able to shrink the partition to the minimum level that it determines is safe based upon windows' assumption of it's needs, so that makes it the safest tool for shrinking windows.

I received your message about the installation working, can you please tell us how you installed ubuntu and how your disk structure looks, including partition uses and sizes?

Link to this post 06 Oct 10

well I created the new partition like you said, and I installed ubuntu doing what I assume was the normal way through a pendrive. meaning I had it on a pendrive and when I booted it I selected install to a Hard drive. And by looking at my list of partitions ubuntu made it's own partition, which is cool, but now I have 100 gigs unallocated, and I'd like to divide that 100 gigs amongst windows and ubuntu.
(BTW The ubuntu install process was amazing, very simple and it realized that there a was another OS and even asked me if I wanted to run them alongside each other, the OS is simple and effective, it's like MAC and PC had a baby. Very impressed. 10/10)

Link to this post 06 Oct 10

*heres an image of my HD


The gray area is the unallocated space that I want to divide amongst my operating systems

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