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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 8:35 pm    Post subject: Installing gentoo on a Windows 7/Ubuntu dual boot Reply with quote

I'm trying to install gentoo but am afraid to mess with the current partitions (I have no free space). It doesn't help that the instructions given by the handbook are only for an empty hard drive. I really would like to just replace Ubuntu with gentoo but would also be fine with resizing the Ubuntu partition to fit gentoo and triple boot. However, I know if I completely delete Ubuntu and install gentoo then I won't be able to boot. What would be the easiest method to install gentoo on this machine? I'm just afraid of writing over the MBR which seems to happen too often when messing with partitions.

On my machine, /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2 are both Windows (I'm a little confused as to why there are two NTFS partitions) with /dev/sda1 being the boot partition. /dev/sda3 is an extended partition for /dev/sda5 and /dev/sda6, which are the Ubuntu and swap partitions respectively. The Ubuntu partition uses grub2.
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2014 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buuntu,

Welcome to Gentoo.

Your safest course of action is to install Gentoo into a Virtual Machine, either in Windows or in Ubuntu. See VirtualBox which is free Virtualisation solution. There are others.
That way Gentoo ends up in a file on the host. There are a few drawbacks but its safe.

Following that, shrink the Ubuntu partition. It sounds like Ubuntu is more expendable than Windows right now.
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