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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

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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.

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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

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  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.

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