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I am currently running Windows 7 on a Dell Inspiron R17 N7110, and I'd like to run Ubuntu alongside Windows.

I need to shrink the Windows partition somehow so that I can install Ubuntu. Currently, when trying to resize the partition within Ubuntu, Ubuntu wants to format the Windows partition to ext4.

When I try to shrink it in GParted, I hit the maximum and minimum partition size, which just so happens to be the HDD size and the HDD size minus one MiB, respectively.

When I try to shrink it in Windows, it tells me I can't shrink it because it is in use.

I have already spoken with people at AskUbuntu, and they have redirected me here.

Thanks in advance.

Post from AskUbuntu: https://askubuntu.com/questions/1158702/one-last-thing-before-i-install

  • How exactly are you trying to shrink it in Windows? – user931000 Jul 16 '19 at 17:29
  • Disk Manager, Disk management, something like that. I access it at Control Panel\Administrative tools\Computer Management\Disk Management – CStafford-14 Jul 16 '19 at 17:32
  • OK, it should be possible to do it from there and it usually doesn't complain about being in use. Have you at some point enabled the dynamic volumes feature? If so that's a problem. – user931000 Jul 16 '19 at 17:34
  • Not that I'm aware of. – CStafford-14 Jul 16 '19 at 17:35
  • In disk management it should show "basic" or "dynamic" in the partitions. – user931000 Jul 16 '19 at 17:36
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In windows 7, install Minitool Partition Wizard : https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html

Then shrink/split from there.

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  • The question should probably have been asked on Software Recommendations - and this is exactly the answer it would have gotten there (+1). There's simply nothing to compare at the price (free). – Mawg says reinstate Monica Jul 17 '19 at 7:07
  • I used the windows partitioner, and it did the same job. Since it was a partition issue, you get the accepted tick! Thanks for your answer! – CStafford-14 Jul 17 '19 at 13:55

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