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Mint and windows dualboot on 500gb hdd and 24gb ssd

Postby Nanix on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:47 am

Hey,

I'd like to have a dualboot on my sister's ultrabook. I thought about mounting / on the ssd and then partitioning the hdd to have /home and windows completely on the hdd. Would that work in reality? What do I do with swap? She's got 6gb of ram, she doesn't really do much with it except for browsing, looking at fotos, chatting, listening to music and using libreoffice (all the stuff and average girl does, really). Would it be beneficial to put the swap onto the ssd or not?

Thanks for the help.
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Re: Mint and windows dualboot on 500gb hdd and 24gb ssd

Postby xenopeek on Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:17 am

Sounds like a plan :D I imagine your sister (at least on Linux, can't answer this for Windows) would only need the swap when hibernating (suspend to disk) the ultrabook. If she is going to use that, put the swap on the hard disk and not on the SSD. 6 GIB swap (equal to RAM) is enough to be able to hibernate. If she isn't going to use that (only sleep aka suspend to ram, or power off) then I'd think she wouldn't need swap at all. I haven't used swap since I broke through the 2 GiB RAM barrier.

From what you wrote I'm assuming you will know how to do the manual partitioning from the installer. Please share if you need help with that. Also note that if you intend to install Windows, best to do it either before you install Linux, or if you do it afterwards make sure to create a NTFS formatted partition for it to install to. If the Windows installer doesn't find a NTFS partition to install to, it will just wipe your hard disk.
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Re: Mint and windows dualboot on 500gb hdd and 24gb ssd

Postby Nanix on Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:19 am

Thanks :)

Question is: Where do I install grub? On the ssd or hdd? Does it even make a difference? Or is grub going to be able to see both OSs anyway?
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Re: Mint and windows dualboot on 500gb hdd and 24gb ssd

Postby xenopeek on Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:35 am

GRUB will see both operating systems. You should install GRUB to your first hard disk's MBR (/dev/sda). I'd imagine in an ultrabook that would be the SSD.
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