New Lenovo Netbook
israeldahl at gmail.com
Sat Oct 4 01:50:06 UTC 2014
Every so often I get a computer with windows on it, and I resize the
windows partition for the person, so they can run their Windows only apps.
I have never once had an issue. But really, most of the time, I only
use Windows to update the BIOS.
And then the next thing I do is install a flavour of Ubuntu. Usually
Lubuntu, but sometimes Xubuntu.
That said, I never use the Windows partitioner. I manually partition
the system inside the LiveCD. Windows has always "worked" during those
times. Usually, though it is better to reinstall Windows so you get a
fresh registry. Though the newer NT based versions seem to handle
things a bit better, they always seem to get slower, and full of viruses
after they have been used for somewhere around a year.
Most of the 'broken' computers I get have windows issues. I had one
that the sound wasn't working, and the DVD drive no longer functioned
(in windows). I simply booted a live CD (yes the drive did work), and
voila... everything was working.
On 10/03/2014 08:15 PM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
> Yeah, I understand that it's a loaded question. I was just wondering
> if anyone here had tried it before. After I get my DVD images complete
> and tested, I'm going to try it.
> On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM, Andre Rodovalho
> <andre.rodovalho at gmail.com <mailto:andre.rodovalho at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Nobody will answer you for sure. Even if you contact Windows
> support... Give it a try. If you have any problems, you restore
> that. Better now that you have nothing on your Windows than later...
> PS: Windows 7 requires 20GB for 64bits architecture.
> 2014-10-03 20:26 GMT-03:00 "J. Van Brimmer" <jerry.vb at gmail.com
> <mailto:jerry.vb at gmail.com>>:
> It has a 500Gb hard drive, but the "C" partition was only
> about 460Gb. When I ran the Partitoner from inside Windows, it
> would only shrink "C" down to 226Gb.
> I just now booted up a Lubuntu live 14.04 disc and ran Gparted
> from inside Lubu. Gparted says I can shrink "C" down to 36.6
> Gb minimum. But, I have no problem leaving it at 100 Gb. I
> just want to know, if I shrink it down below the 226
> Gb boundary set by the Windows partitioner, will it clobber
> Windows? Will I have to factory restore the system just to
> have a running windows?
> I am tempted to just wipe the whole disc, but I thought if I
> can shrink "C" down to 100 Gb, I'd leave it there.
> On Fri, Oct 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM, Aere Greenway
> <Aere at dvorak-keyboards.com <mailto:Aere at dvorak-keyboards.com>>
> On 10/03/2014 11:30 AM, "J. Van Brimmer" wrote:
>> 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.
> 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 space.
> 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
> 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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