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Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby gip on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:17 pm

Hello,

after reading some posts about installing Mint on a machine with Windows I decided to ask for help.
Till now I used Mint 9 together with Winn xp. I partitioned my hdd for Mint like 17 gb ext 3 for instalation and swap 3gb.

Now, I have a hdd with Win xp and unalocated space 112 gb for Mint.
I want to partition that 112 gb unalocated space, but not sure what scheme to use.

I read some posts that suggest creating 20 gb ext4 for \ root (primary), 2-3 gb swap and 20-50 gb ext4 for data.

Also some posts suggest creation of a home partition.

Can you help me how to partition my unalocated space and what, where to install?

Thank you very much!

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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby caf4926 on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:33 pm

Ideally I would suggest

swap 2GB maybe more
/ (20GB) ext4
/home (all the remainder - unless you plan to try other distros too) ext4
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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby gip on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:09 pm

Hello caf4926,

thank you for your advice.

As far as I understand you I will install Mint in /20 gb ext4.
/home partition I will create during the installation of mint by gparted I think as well as /20 gb for root and swap.

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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby caf4926 on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:12 pm

No

swap 2-3 GB
root 20GB
/home 80+ GB or whatever is left after creating swap and root
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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby Elisa on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:18 pm

How of RAM do u have ? If enough and you'd like to try other distros u can by VirtualBox.
Or you would like to create +/- 20-30 GB another partition(s) for later installation of other distros (as I did it so for testing purposes etc. :lol: )
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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby k3lt01 on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:54 pm

It is surprising how little space you actually need for a full install with some versions of Linux. This is how I do mine on a laptop with 256MB of RAM and a 250GB hdd.

hda
hda1 / Ubuntu Maverick 10GB (currently installed)
hda2 / Ubuntu Natty 10GB (currently installed)
hda4 SWAP 2GB (there is no need for anymore than 2GB of SWAP even on a machine with little RAM like mine if you are doing normal computing).
hda5 /home (take up the rest of the space. Both OSs, also future ones, use a common home but they have their own user name to show they are different).
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Re: Partitioning for Dual boot

Postby gip on Sun Oct 24, 2010 2:56 pm

Thank you very much to all of you for your help!
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