On Fri, 2010-07-30 at 14:06 +0530, Suchakra wrote:
Lots of guys are coming up to me asking how to dual boot Fedora 13 and
Win (XP/7/Vista) on their systems. I guide them to manually partition
their drives during Installation and have a separate free space for
creating ext and swap partitions so as to avoid any hassles during
installation. However many people are coming with just a SINGLE
partition on the whole disk, having Windows and wish to install
Fedora. The Fedora 13 installation is having a 'shrink' feature as I
see. I tried it on a Windows VM in VirtualBox but it erased Windows
and installed Fedora. I tried the shrink feature in Ubuntu 10.04 using
a similar Windows VM and it made a dual boot machine successfully.
Kindly help..where am I going wrong? Should I use GParted Live CD/USB
? Tomorrow is InstallFest and students with such queries are bound
to come. Kindly help asap..
It is best to ask them to use the Windows utility to shrink their
partitions and then make free space to be use for Fedora.
IIRC, you can right click on My Computer > Manage > Disk Management >
right click on your drive > shrink.
This is by far the safest way. However, sometimes it's a HUGE pain
because you need to disable and delete shadow files etc. I don't
remember the entire procedure any more. It's been a long time since I
The Fedora shrink feature should not erase the windows partition. Please
file a bug if this is reproducible. Using GParted should be fine too.
Also look at fedorasolved.org
pages such as
They contain a lot of info.