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Old 07-12-2010, 09:57 AM
Joseph G. D'Agostino Joseph G. D'Agostino is offline
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Default Help with my (:I) drive

So, I would like to shrink the size of the I drive partition in order to install a secondary OS (Ubuntu). I currently do not use my :I drive and would like to use that space (or part of that space) for Ubuntu.

I tried using GParted, but from what I can tell it treats the :I drive and :C drive as one part instead of 2 separate partitions. I only have 15mb used on the :I drive as the computer states, but in GParted, it shows 2 separate portions 0f 116gb each, one is my main :C drive I believe because of the shown memory usage, but the other one has 3gb used, not like the 15mb in the :I drive.

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Old 07-12-2010, 11:43 AM
Destiny N. Nelson Destiny N. Nelson is offline
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First, are you sure that you are not using your I: drive? Your personal folders (My Documents, My Music, My Pictures) and Desktop are saved to the I: drive by default in the Drew image. We do this because our image client can install Windows on the C: drive, while preserving your I: drive, which leaves your documents untouched. The only way that your documents are going to C: is if you specifically redirect everything you save to C: or if you've corrected the I drive redirection in the registry. If GParted is showing 3GB used, it's probably referring to I:.

GParted's user interface is a little more complicated than other programs and you should check out the website for instructions on how to use the program. You should also backup your documents because repartitioning your drive can cause you to lose data.

Lastly, keep in mind that if you change your partitions and your computer needs to be reimaged at some point, the Helpdesk will have to completely wipe the computer and create the two original partitions again.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:07 PM
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Mike Richichi Mike Richichi is offline
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Have you tried installing Ubuntu? I'm pretty sure it lets you dynamically resize a partition to make room for itself without running gparted in advance.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:56 PM
Andy A. Benavides Andy A. Benavides is offline
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:28 PM
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Hezekiah Michael Sudol Hezekiah Michael Sudol is offline
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Default I dual-boot Windows XP and Xubuntu 10.04

If you use the alternate install CD for Ubuntu (which I use because I don't like installing OSes with GUIs), one of the first things the GUI has you do is partition your hard drive. If you select "manually partition," it allows you to resize a partition in order to free space. Then, you can select "automatically partition the free space" and the base Ubuntu system will install.

It would be better to resize the I drive rather than delete it, because your individual user settings for your Windows OS are stored there, and I don't think you'll be able to log in as "on campus" otherwise. You should defragment it a few times and back up all your important files (on both your C drive and your I drive) before you run the install disc just in case something goes wrong.
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:21 PM
Destiny N. Nelson Destiny N. Nelson is offline
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Just to clarify, your I: drive is where your user profile is stored on the computer. All of your personal folders and desktop default to this partition. It is a local drive, not a network drive and does not affect your ability to log in with the "on campus" option. It's being used regardless of whether not you are logged in on or off campus.
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Old 07-14-2010, 09:33 PM
Naveen Akkapeddi Naveen Akkapeddi is offline
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If you're paranoid about screwing up your partition table, you can use WUBI (Windows-Based Ubuntu Installer). With this neat little tool, you can install Ubuntu within Windows without any hassle (the Ubuntu partition resides within the NTFS partition of Windows). Hope this solves your problem

ref: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wubi http://wubi-installer.org/
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