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Unable To Partition More Than 4GB In C Drive

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    Unable To Partition More Than 4GB In C Drive


    I want to partition my C Drive to install Ubuntu 14.04 so I can dual-boot with Windows 8.1. When I tried to shrink the volume it wouldn't let me got higher than 4GB even though its a 500GB drive and I have over 259GB freee. From looking at it the drive seems to have a few recovery partitions one being just under 24GB. Does the number of drive partitions factor into the amount of space I can give to a partition. Also if the recovery partitions are factoring into this can I move them to another drive or just outright delete them.
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    It all depends on where the data is physically stored. Try doing a disk cleanup and a defrag. If there are immovable files at or near the end of the drive/partition it can't shrink past that point.
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    Windows Disk manager has limitations with shrinking partitions that contain data. Most likely you will need a third paty utility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    It all depends on where the data is physically stored. Try doing a disk cleanup and a defrag. If there are immovable files at or near the end of the drive/partition it can't shrink past that point.
    I do disk cleanups all the time I did one on Sunday night before I tried to partition the drive. I also analyzed the disk and it wasn't fragmented.

    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    Windows Disk manager has limitations with shrinking partitions that contain data. Most likely you will need a third paty utility.
    I'll give this a whirl.
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    I would not do any partitioning to install Ubuntu. It appears that nothing is on Disk 1. Use that as your Ubuntu or even do like I did, and run Xubuntu 14.04 LTS. Keep in mind, that you do have to turn off Secure boot and UEFI in the bios, to get Linux to run. It will also screw up the boot loader. so you can end up running into problems if you plan on using Windows 8.

    I really have no need for Windows anymore, since I am doing everything in Xubuntu at this point. But if you have something that you have to run in windows. Do your home work first, before committing to joining those who jumped the Microsoft Ship.

    Ubuntuforums.org has a lot of good information on dual partitioning, along with running Windows 8.x.x with 14.04 LTS. Once you get it up and running. I can answer any questions you have about Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    I would not do any partitioning to install Ubuntu. It appears that nothing is on Disk 1. Use that as your Ubuntu or even do like I did, and run Xubuntu 14.04 LTS. Keep in mind, that you do have to turn off Secure boot and UEFI in the bios, to get Linux to run. It will also screw up the boot loader. so you can end up running into problems if you plan on using Windows 8.

    I really have no need for Windows anymore, since I am doing everything in Xubuntu at this point. But if you have something that you have to run in windows. Do your home work first, before committing to joining those who jumped the Microsoft Ship.

    Ubuntuforums.org has a lot of good information on dual partitioning, along with running Windows 8.x.x with 14.04 LTS. Once you get it up and running. I can answer any questions you have about Linux.
    Disk1 is the external drive I use for backups it was plugged into my laptop when I took the screenshot well in fairness its an old internal drive from an old laptop that I use to backup my media files. I considered the idea of installing linux on one of my external drives the other drive I have also being an old internal drive I use through a enclosure to allow for USB use. I have real no need for Windows I don't use any specific software like Photoshop or video editors that are only on Windows but I would like to still have Windows.
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    Keep in mind that messing around with the partition structure might break the factory recovery function. You may also get prompted for install media if you try to do a Windows Refresh or Reset. Just a heads up that I probably should have mentioned earlier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    I would not do any partitioning to install Ubuntu. It appears that nothing is on Disk 1. Use that as your Ubuntu or even do like I did, and run Xubuntu 14.04 LTS. Keep in mind, that you do have to turn off Secure boot and UEFI in the bios, to get Linux to run. It will also screw up the boot loader. so you can end up running into problems if you plan on using Windows 8.

    I really have no need for Windows anymore, since I am doing everything in Xubuntu at this point. But if you have something that you have to run in windows. Do your home work first, before committing to joining those who jumped the Microsoft Ship.

    Ubuntuforums.org has a lot of good information on dual partitioning, along with running Windows 8.x.x with 14.04 LTS. Once you get it up and running. I can answer any questions you have about Linux.
    Hi there.

    Unless you have some really eseoteric hardware or are an extreme gamer IMO a much better way is to run Windows as a VIRTUAL MACHINE. VMware player and VBOX both install easily on most Linux distros and then simply install your Windows system as a Virtual Machine -- no dual booting etc required and these days Linux is exceedingly well optimised - so the overhead of using a Windows VM is small --you can get around 95% Native speed (depending on what you are running on the Host) - especially if you have decent fast HDD's or SSD's.

    Forget the whole dual booting thing - it's just an irritant these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    I would not do any partitioning to install Ubuntu. It appears that nothing is on Disk 1. Use that as your Ubuntu or even do like I did, and run Xubuntu 14.04 LTS. Keep in mind, that you do have to turn off Secure boot and UEFI in the bios, to get Linux to run. It will also screw up the boot loader. so you can end up running into problems if you plan on using Windows 8.

    I really have no need for Windows anymore, since I am doing everything in Xubuntu at this point. But if you have something that you have to run in windows. Do your home work first, before committing to joining those who jumped the Microsoft Ship.

    Ubuntuforums.org has a lot of good information on dual partitioning, along with running Windows 8.x.x with 14.04 LTS. Once you get it up and running. I can answer any questions you have about Linux.
    Hi there.

    Unless you have some really eseoteric hardware or are an extreme gamer IMO a much better way is to run Windows as a VIRTUAL MACHINE. VMware player and VBOX both install easily on most Linux distros and then simply install your Windows system as a Virtual Machine -- no dual booting etc required and these days Linux is exceedingly well optimised - so the overhead of using a Windows VM is small --you can get around 95% Native speed (depending on what you are running on the Host) - especially if you have decent fast HDD's or SSD's.

    Forget the whole dual booting thing - it's just an irritant these days.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I have a few distros installed as Virtual Machines currently have an Ubuntu 14.04,Xubuntu 14.04 and Lubuntu 14.04 with Mint and Kubuntu still to go. I might skip Kubuntu because my host machine can barely run Ubuntu well so I doubt a KDE system would work well. Still plan on testing out Mint seems a lot of people love it and think its better than Ubuntu. I wish I had tried Visualization on my last laptop I could of probably ran VMs really damn well.
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