I just bought a dell laptop with a single large (500GB) disk.
I find getting dell service is easier if I have windows installed
so I reinstalled windows from its original configuration of claiming all
the space to "just" 30GB.
However this uses three partitions
1. A dell partition (I believe with diagnostics)
2. The main windows 7 partition (c
3. A recovery partition (made by windows)
I imagine I could arrange to have the recovery partition an extended
partition, but I am a windows novice so prefer to leave all of
windows as it was (except for having vastly reducing the size of #2).
I am now ready to install linux (and grub).
Can I have all of linux on extended partitions? Something like
5. linux / (a logical partition inside the extended partition)
6. linux swap (another logical partition)
7. linux lvm2 partition (another logical partition)
8. linux small vfat partition (logical)
I am mainly concerned about #5. Googling reveals that you can boot
from a logical partition but the authors seem to recommend against
it (without saying why in detail).
Finally, can I install grub on the mbr *after* having installed windows 7?
With old windows systems this was bad; with vista it worked.