If I resize a windows partition for install will that cause data loss?

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9 hours ago

I have a 40GB hard drive with 26GB free with a single partition with an ntfs file system that I want to install Ubuntu 14.04.2 on.

If I resize the windows partition for the installation, will the partition erase my data?

EDIT: The hard drive has no OS on it.

EDIT: Solved, I partitioned the hard-drive into two 20GB partitions and successfully installed Ubuntu without losing any data.

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Answer: 2

5 hours ago

You'll only lose data if you shrink the partition too far. Use the Windows partitioning tools to shrink the partition a safe amount. Doing this manually with a such limited space is dangerous. How to do this: Click on your start menu and type in "defragment". A tool for this will appear. Select it, and defragment your hard drive (this is to get the maximum amount of space). After that finishes, go to the start menu again, and type in "disk management" and choose the Disk Management tool. Right click on your largest partition (which should be C:), and choose "Shrink Partition". Windows will fill in a safe amount, but you can make it less. After it finishes, you will have more free space on your drive for Ubuntu.

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Answer: 3

4 hours ago

Resizing a hard-drive would not cause data loss. But 40GB hard drive is not meant to be shrinked so as to install another OS. I assume you are a Windows XP or Windows 7 user.

Windows would require free space so as to accommodate new programs, page file changes if any etc.

Hence, I request you to think again before you proceed toward installing Ubuntu.

Added by: Arvid Strosin

Answer: 4

11 hours ago

I have broken a system by shrinking the Windows partition using Linux tools. (I asked about it in this question.)

Based on my experience, I would advise shrinking the Windows partition using Windows tools, then moving over to the installer.

That said, this is a mighty small drive you are working with, and you may run into trouble because of that.

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