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#1 mrfingerz

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 05:23 PM

Hello...not sure if this is the correct forum to pose this question, apologies if it isn't.

Had some problems recently with a dual-boot uninstall. Anyway, I have been left with unallocated space. I want to dual-boot in the future, am I right in thinking there will be an issue installing, say Ubuntu, in to the unallocated space? If so, is it possible to turn the unallocated space in to free space again? At the moment I have XP and a recovery partition on the computer as you can see below.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 07:33 PM

Hi there,
You should probably be able to turn that unallocated space into free space if you give it a drive letter (E:, for example), and format it.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:07 PM

Hi and thanks for your reply.

Tried that, but I'm back at square one. Probably not doing something correctly. I'm using Easeus Partition Master btw.

It gives me the options of Create or Recover Partition.

Under create partition I can choose Logical or Primary.

I chose logical, gave it a drive letter. It doesn't seem to want to format it, I formatted it and not all space was empty. When I delete partition it's back as unallocated space.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:08 PM

just curious, have you tried using the "computer management" tool that comes with Windows XP? In the start menu, navigate to "administrative tools", then "computer management", or "disk management"...from there you should be able to right-click on the partition in question, then delete it. Then lower down on the screen, you should see your unallocated space. Right-click that, and select "new partition"...this should bring up the New Partition Wizard. Then click Next, and select it to be a primary partition if you have less than three already. Then click Next and choose the size of the partition. Next again, then assign a drive letter. Next again, then select the type of file system you wish to create.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:15 PM

I have looked at that, when right clicked, the only options in that space are New Partition and Properties....no option to delete.
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:24 PM

When you click "new partition", does the New Partition Wizard pop up?

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:27 PM

Yes it does, it gives the options of creating a Primary or Extended partition only. You think I should go ahead and create a Primary partition and then subsequently delete it to obtain 'Free Space'?
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:35 PM

Yes, you should create a "primary" partition in this space...usually four is the total you can create on any disk. Make sure you allocate all the remaining space in the partition to be used.
Assign a drive letter, then format using NTFS. Then click "finish"...this should create a usable space with a drive letter after format.

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:37 PM

Ok thanks...I'll give it a go...I'll let you know how I get on.
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Posted 12 April 2011 - 06:14 AM

Strange....I created the partition and then deleted it, Windows still recognised it as unallocated. I ran a Bootit cd and that recognised it as freespace. Thought I'd install Ubuntu on there and it installed fine (so far anyway)!!

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 06:57 AM

It will remain unallocated until you format it.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 10:18 AM

happy to hear it's working!




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