Report install mandriva on win7 in Installing Mandriva Posted May 8, 2011 I just went through this exercise with a new HP laptop my daughter purchased. My purpose was not to install linux though. She has learned that having all your data on C: is not good if ( when ) you have to re-install windbloze. The disk is 650 gig, with a monsterous C:. My solution was to download and burn a copy of clonezilla. It took a little learning on my part to understand how to clone, and then restore a partition, however it was worth the time. I cloned the D: drive, a primary partition, and saved it on my linux system. I deleted the D: partition, did a shrink on C: and then created an extended partition. Inside the extended partition I created a partition the same size as D: was originally, ( it wasn't huge ) and then a E: partition. I used clonezilla to restore the D: , worked like a charm. For what its worth, D: was the Recovery partition. So now E: is used for all data. C: was shrunk from 562 gig to 172 gig, and the data partition is now 356 gig. No special reason for the partition sizes. I just wanted to separate user data from windbloze. It would have been a piece of cake to install linux in the space I created for data, however, school boards will not support linux, at least not where my daughter works.