[svlug] Formatting to NTFS

Bill Ward bill at wards.net
Mon Oct 12 14:00:01 PDT 2009

Get it back to the factory settings first - one big NTFS partition with
Vista installed.  Then run your GParted livecd to repartition it.  GParted
can shrink the NTFS partition safely to a reasonable size to make room for
your Linux partition.  What I did on my Windows Vista laptop was make three
partitions; the C: drive on Windows is rather small, and then I added a D:
drive which is a VFAT partition that can easily & safely be accessed under
either OS.  I put my music, videos, and pictures on that partition, so I can
access them from both Windows and Linux.

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 1:56 PM, Skip Evans <skip at bigskypenguin.com> wrote:

> Hey all,
> I got GParted and am looking at some on line docs. Am I
> correct is assuming I can create two partitions with GParted
> to install Vista in one, and the Ubuntu in the other?
> But if I do it this way I'm unsure which OS will boot first,
> and if it will use the same loader that allows me to choose
> which I want to use when I do what I have done many times:
> install Windows first, then Ubuntu, and let it boot Ubuntu
> 99.9% of the time, and only use Windows when I need to.
> The other option seems to be to format it as NTFS, install
> Vista, resize the Vista partition with its own Shrink utility
> and then install Ubuntu.
> The latter sounds best, eh?
> Skip
> Paul Zander wrote:
> >
> > Skip,
> >
> > One more thing.  M$ operating systems do not understand that they are
> > not the entire universe.  You will probably need to get Vista installed
> > and working.  Then expect you will have to re-install Ubuntu (at least
> > partially) so the MBR and bootloader can be configured to allow a
> selection.
> >
> > You might also want to go to an Installfest where folks can give you
> > real time assistance.  There is usually one on the 3rd Saturday of the
> > month.
> >
> > "Skip Evans" <skip at bigskypenguin.com> wrote:
> >  > I got a new Dell Latitude E6500 which came with Vista on it. When I
> > went to install Ubuntu > there was not enough room left so I tried to
> > resize the partitions, but got them boofed up
> >
> > Paul
> >
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