Want to reinstall into smaller partition

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    Left this computer before I saw NavyLCDR'S post, and went ahead with the reinstall. Here is what I have now:

    Disk O, part 1 /499MB/482/ Recovery

    Disk O, part 2 / 100MB/95/ System

    Disk O, part 3 /883MB/459/ MSR (Reserved)

    Disk O, part 4 /58GB/58GB/ Primary

    Disk O, part 5 /166GB/166GB/ Primary (this will become the Windows data partition, I hope)

    Disk 0 Unallocated / 706.9GB/706.9GB (this will become the linux data partition, I hope)

    If memory serves, only 3 primary partitions are allowed. If correct, do I need to change anything so that I can use the unallocated later for another partition? And if so, what please?
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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       #12

    It depends on if the drive is MBR or GPT partitioned. MBR has the 4 primary partition limit. GPT does not have that limit.
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    Thanks, can I find that info in System info or where?
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  4. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Not quite sure how to do that
    I gave you a link to a good tutorial on how to provide the screen capture of Disk Management. Gicve it a try. It would have saved 4 or 5 posts and questions already.

    See this tutorial: Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of
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    My apology to you and the others. I have just gone back to your earlier post, and I have no explanation. I can only guess that I got interrupted, or stupid set in, and I did not read your entire post. This is no reflection on you, only me. I can only wish that I didn't have to admit this, but even old age cannot explain it. Will take more care in future.
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  6. Ztruker's Avatar
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       #16

    No problem. But ... no time like the present to do it
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  7. cereberus's Avatar
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       #17

    muchomurka said:
    If you need to shrink C: partition, it may be necessary to:
    - temporary disable virtual memory & hibernation
    - defragment the drive
    - shrink it
    - enable virtual memory & hibernation.
    A big problem with Windows disk management is that it is very poor at shrinking drives due to unmovable files leading to all the things you suggest.

    However as @NavyLCDR says, there is a much easier way i.e. use minitool partition wizard free which does it all in one go, and very swiftly by comparison.
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    Thank you both. After two full days of frustration trying to use Windows to shrink the partition, I am exhausted on that avenue. So I have clean installed, setting up an OS partition, a Win data partition, and another partition for linux data.

    If I have to redo all of this, now or later, for sure I will try minitool partition wiz free. Thanks.
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  9. AddRAM's Avatar
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    Should`ve just bought yourself a Samsung 860 Pro 256GB for W10 and avoided all this hassle

    SSD 860 PRO 2.5" SATA III 256GB Memory & Storage - MZ-76P256BW | Samsung US
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  10. AndreTen's Avatar
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    Odysseus said:
    Thank you both. After two full days of frustration trying to use Windows to shrink the partition, I am exhausted on that avenue. So I have clean installed, setting up an OS partition, a Win data partition, and another partition for linux data.

    If I have to redo all of this, now or later, for sure I will try minitool partition wiz free. Thanks.
    Now, when you have set it up, make system Image (Macrium free is fine) and the next time just restore this image.
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