New Lenovo Netbook

Aere Greenway Aere at
Fri Oct 3 21:40:04 UTC 2014

On 10/03/2014 11:30 AM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
> Hello,
> I have just acquired a "new" refurbished Lenovo X140e netbook. tI has 
> Windows 7 Pro on it. The first thing I did after booting it up was to 
> go into Partition Management to shrink the C partition to make room 
> for Lubuntu. I was shocked to discover that the partition manager 
> would only shrink C by 50%. So, I went ahead and did that.
> Then, I booted up a live CD of Gparted. Gparted says I can shrink C 
> way down a lot more. I don't remember how far it was, but it was way 
> down, less than 100 GB.
> Can I safely follow Gparted's recommendation and not impact Winbroke? 
> I am not too terribly worried about it though. I am going to create a 
> restore image DVD, but I just thought I'd ask to see if anyone has any 
> experience on this before I get started.
> Thanks,
> -- 
> ->Jerry<-

I once had a Windows partition that I re-sized way down to a size that 
seemed reasonable at the time.  It seemed reasonable because I only use 
that system for testing.

A year or so later, that system was in-trouble because of insufficient 

The culprit?  The space was used up by the multitude of Windows updates.

I had to re-size the Windows partition to a larger size to rescue the 
system (which involved resizing and even moving my Linux partitions).

So by word of experience, in re-sizing a Windows partition, be sure to 
leave it room to install the many necessary Windows updates.  On Windows 
7 and above, it also creates a restore-point whenever you install 
anything, and those restore-points take up disk space as well.

I do recommend keeping your Windows partition around (and usable) if you 
have one.  Over the years, there have been many cases where I was glad I 
saved it for those occasional things that won't run on Linux, or for 
which Linux has no practical alternative.

Linux has been very reliable in re-sizing all of my Windows partitions.  
In over 10 years of experience, it only failed once, and in that case, 
there may have been disk errors in the Windows partition.  So make sure 
you do a disk check of the Windows partition before re-sizing it.

Beware that on Windows 8, it may leave its partition in a 'suspend' 
(hibernate) state, so re-sizing it could give you problems.


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