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Hrm...Windows partitions?

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Just curious here because from what I remember, installing Windows 7 onto an SSD will create a 100MB partition and then an actual system partition.

Is there any way to avoid this stray partition and include it altogether with the entire Windows partition?
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There are ways to remove that 100MB parition if you absolutely don't want it.

Personally, I don't see the big problem with the 100MB system reserved space? You will also need to do an repair install on the OS with some overriding, as the 100MB system parition contains some needed files. Anyhow.. a little googling should give you some guids on how to solve this "issue".
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First: disconnect all other hard drives.

Then, boot from the Windows install disc.

1. Once Windows 7 Setup is loaded, press Shift + F10 keys at the first setup screen (which allows selection of language, keyboard and locale). A Command Prompt window will be opened.

2. Run Diskpart, the built-in disk partitioning tool of Windows 7, with the following command:

diskpart

3. Type in the following commands one by one, followed by the Enter key to create a partition (text in brackets are comments only):

list disk (to show the ID number of the hard disk to partition, normally Disk 0)

select disk 0 (change 0 to another number if applicable)

clean (this deletes all existing partitions and is not necessary on a new unused drive that has no partitions; this command does not write zeroes to drive; use clean all to write zeroes)

create partition primary (use a similar command to create more partitions if needed or create in Windows 7 after installation)

select partition 1

active

format fs=ntfs quick

exit

You will then be dropped back into the Windows installation and should not have the 100 mb partition.


Some other sites covering the matter:
http://www.geekshangout.com/node/103
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-GB/w7itproinstall/thread/5271e9b6-4775-43f9-bfcd-b4f088a3887e
     
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My main reason is that I am going to be installing Linux. If it's truly necessary to be there and there really isn't a "simple" workaround, then I don't see the point in getting rid of it.

It would be much nicer to say Partition 1: Windows and Partition 2: Red Hat, rather than Partition 1: Windows, Partition 2: Windows, Partition 3: Red Hat.

I also don't want Linux to mess with that partition, so I thought it would be easy to combine it all into one, which would probably make it much easier to troubleshoot wouldn't you think?

You sure there's no easy way to combine them, possibly during installation?

Also, what about patches? I'm not familiar with the shrinking of Windows system partitions, but if you shrink a Windows partition to as much as the system will let you, what happens when you go to install patches or a service pack that exceeds the amount of space they have provided you with? Does anyone know the answer to this?
Edited by xyeLz - 3/8/12 at 11:26am
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Well, Linux in the distros I've used installs a separate partition for swap anyway, so it's not going to be just the one.

The Windows system partition is hidden within Windows (it doesn't even get a drive letter), and Linux will leave it alone. I would just leave it be, but you can get rid of it if you want.
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I use Windows 7/Vista's Computer Management / Disc Management to Shrink the Hard Drive and then Create a new partition, it's MUCH FASTER THAN GPARTED, believe me...

Resizing / Moving a Partition with GParted can take A VERY VERY LONG TIME...

Sorry for the CAPS, I want to make sure you understand clearly the importance of what I'm trying to convey to you...

DO NOT DELETE THE 100MB PARTITION EVER...

Simply Shrink the Windows Partition and Install Ubuntu, Ubuntu will take care of the Boot Menu..

If you later wish to uninstall Ubuntu, that's where things get tricky, lol..
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