How to dual-boot Windows 7 and Chakra Linux Archimedes, with shared NTFS partition at the end

Recover Disk Space From An Existing Installation of Windows 7 using Chakra – To use this method, you first need to find out how much free disk space is available. While you are in Windows, open the partitioning tool (type “partitions” into the menu’s search field and click on the result). You can see how much free space is available from the seventh column of the tool.
Windows 7 Free Disk Space

Now that you know, start the Chakra installation. Chakra comes as a Live CD or DVD. When you boot into the Live desktop, click on the “Install Chakra” icon on the desktop to launch Tribe, Chakra’s graphical installation program. Click through the first few steps until you get to the one shown in the image below. Note: Tribe will crash on occasions. When it does, just restart it.

This screen shot shows just two partitions that Tribe detected. This is what you will see if you have an existing installation of Windows 7 and you have not recovered disk space using Windows 7’s partition manager. If you installed Windows anew, and you created some space unallocated, you will see it at this step as “unallocated” space. Chakra does not have an automated partitioner that will auto-resize a partition for you, so everything from here has to be done manually. Tribe calls on another tool for disk partitioning. That tool is the KDE Partition Editor. To access it, click the Advanced button.
Chakra Linux Archimedes Tribe

This is what you will see when you enter the KDE Partition Editor. A list of disks detected will be shown in that small section to the left. Select the target disk and close just that small section.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted

You should now see this. The task here is to resize the main NTFS or Windows 7 partition. Select it and click Resize/Move. By the way, if you already reclaimed disk space from inside Windows using the method described in the previous page, jump to the next image.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Disk

This is the resize window. The NTFS partition is about 300 GB. I want to shrink it by about 200 GB, so that the new size will be about 100 GB.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Resize

This is the same window after I have specified the new size. Click OK.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Resizer

Back to the main window, you should now see the free space marked as “unallocated.” At this point, you might want to click Apply to effect the change, or differ it until you have created all the partitions you need. For this tutorial, I applied the change before starting with partitioning.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Apply Resize

Just a friendly warning. Apply Pending Operations.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Caution

Now, you can start creating partitions for Chakra. It is recommended that you create three – one for /boot, another for /, the main partition, and the last for Swap. Since the system will not allow you to create more than two primary partitions (two exists already and we are limited to a maximum of four primary partitions), you can create a primary partitions for /boot, then create the last primary partition as an extended partition. Under that extended partition, you then create logical partitions for / and Swap.

First, create the partition that will be used for /boot. To begin, select the free space and click New. Note: This step will have to be repeated to create the other partitions too..
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Unallocated

This is the partitioning window. For /boot, all you need to specify is the amount of disk space to use. Ignore the other fields. The file system will be specified later.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Partitioner

This is the same window after the partition’s size has been specified. OK.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Create /Boot

By default, the next partition will be created as an extended partition. All the remaining disk space MUST be allocated to it. Else, what is left will be unusable. OK.
Chakra Linux Archimedes KParted Create Extended

Related Posts

Managing startup applications in GNOME 3 If you wanted to set up an application or applications in GNOME 3 to launch on boot, you'll probably go looking for a module in the desktop's System S...
Sabayon 5.3 installation guide One of the best features introduced in Sabayon 5.3, the latest upgrade to the Gentoo-based, multi-purpose Linux distribution is the installer. The old...
The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17 There are many desktop environments in active development, but none is as customizable as the E or Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But of all those...
Dual-boot Deepin 2014 and Windows 7 on a PC with UEFI firmware Deepin 2014 is the latest edition of Deepin, a Chinese, Linux desktop distribution that's based on Ubuntu. Aside from the fact that it comes with i...
Your choice: Cinnamon or MATE I get a lot of queries regarding the difference(s) between the MATE and Cinnamon desktop environments. And of course such queries tend to come from th...
Manual full disk encryption setup guide for Ubuntu 13.10 & Linux Mint 16 This tutorial presents a step-by-step guide on how to configure full disk encryption manually on Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16. It will also work for...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

ContainerizeThis 2016 is a free, 2-day conference for all things containers and big data. Featured, will be presentations and free, hands-on workshops. Learn more at

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.


  1. npc in games

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Opera.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know.

    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon.

  2. I didn’t know that you can dual boot windows and linux while keeping both partitions to NTFS ..

  3. Chakra Linux is new to me… Being linux will make life easier in dual booting it.

  4. Pingback: Links 12/3/2012: Debian 5.0.10 Released, Skolelinux 6.0.4 Released | Techrights

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *