For an assignment in a computer programming class, we have to install 3 linux distributions on one machine from three different trees. I chose to install Ubuntu, Fedora, and OpenSUSE. I already dual-boot Ubuntu and Windows 7, but I'm not sure about the partitioning. I have 460GB of space in my Windows partition (sda1), and 15GB in my Ubuntu partition (sda2), and was wondering how to go about partitioning for two more OSs (creating sda3 and sda4). I have 240GB of free space in my windows partition, and don't want to lose any data. I have backed up everything currently on the machine to external discs, so my question is:
(a) What is the best way to partition the drive from within Windows (shrink the volume)?
(b) Is it easier to shrink the volume from inside the Fedora or OpenSUSE install menus?
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I think the easiest way to partitioning hard disk is using GParted.
On each HDD, you can only have 4 primary partition. With the one you're in now, you may have this partition setup
Partition #1 System Reserved
Partition #2 Windows 7
Partition #3 Ubuntu
to break those …
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Wowsers! Cannot use a VM to accomplish this.
The following I haven't tried, but is the approach I would take:
Format the drive completely empty. Install each Linux to it's own partition, and keep track of which one was done first. I would do Ubuntu first, then OpenSUSE, …
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