The only two options I am going to keep is Win8 and Linux Mint 14. Since I am a begginer in Linux and generally very ignorant as far as OS architecture is concerned I want to ask the following:
- Which order is better and more suitable to go with? Windows then Linux or vice-versa?
- Do I really need a swap partition for Linux Mint 14?
I've been told that a swap partition serves as extra space for when the RAM fills up completely. The OS 'swaps' stuff back and forth from RAM to swap-area and vice-versa but I've read in forums that theoretically if your RAM is too big -and mine is around 16GB DDR3- then the swap area might never be used.
Can Linux work without it?
- Is it necessary to disconnect my other HDD(s) which exist only for storage during the installation? As I recall from my latest Linux Mint 13 setup although I already had windows on my primary drive (/sda) the first message I got was that no other OS(s) were detected - or something like that. My guess is that for whatever reason the Linux installer looked into one of my Storage-HDD and maybe it installed something there because later I couldn't get the GRUB to come up.
I'm sorry if my questions are too stupid but I'm just an amateur trying to do things right!