How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

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How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by melody5697 » Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:21 pm

I'm trying to dual boot Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.2 but I've never done anything like this before. I don't really even know much about computers. I just absolutely hate Windows 10 but I need it for a few things. I'm following some instructions I found very carefully, so I probably won't mess up and totally ruin my computer. How much should I shrink the C drive? I read I should shrink it by at least 10 GB, but how much would be the best? I have 397 GB free of 453 GB.

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Re: How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by tpalermo30 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 8:25 am

It's really up to you but I would give Linux Mint like 50G since you have the room. It wont take that much space but it gives you room to grow. I''m new to Linux myself but you have so much free space 10G would not give you much room to grow in the future.

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Re: How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by wayne128 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 9:26 am

melody5697 wrote: How much should I shrink the C drive? I read I should shrink it by at least 10 GB, but how much would be the best? I have 397 GB free of 453 GB.

You have lot of space.

The size of Linux OS depends much on your own use.

If you just want to play with it for learning, then 10G is good enough.

if you always need to download very large files, then 50G-100G, but it tied up your hard disk capacity.

I have a habit of storing data in a data partition, hence what I do is to keep Linux OS root partition small, typically 20G.
When I download large file, I keep on data partition, in NTFS format, so it is shared with Windows OS.

This has another advantage of backup and restore.
To backup/restore the OS image, it takes a lot less time on 20G compared with 100G.

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Re: How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by melody5697 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:24 pm

I got tired of waiting for my thread to be approved and just asked my dad, but thanks anyway.

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Re: How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by rbeltz48 » Tue Aug 04, 2015 1:52 pm

Melody, the answers given here are good ones. I would follow what has been stated in response to your inquiry.

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Re: How much should I shrink the C drive when dual booting?

Post by ajcardiac » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:49 pm

50GB for a Linux distro sounds good to me as well.
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