[SOLVED] Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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[SOLVED] Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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Hi,
I got a new laptop with w10 and I would like to install soon linux mint alongside in dual boot .

A few questions:

a) I have a 1 TB SSD hard disk with these following partitions:
260 MB (EFI System Partition)
952 GB (ntfs, C: for W10) with a lot of empty space
1 GB (OEM PArtition)

I will create a ext4 partition for LM (~50GB) and a partition where I will save all my data, fotos, videos, etc.. This partition must be accessible from both systems.
Which format is nowadays the best? ntfs?

b) This laptop has 8 GB RAM.
Do I need a swap partition? How big?
Since this machine has already a lot of RAM, does a swap partition make sense only if I will use hibernation?

c) I have already tried LM in live mode. Great.
According to System Infomarmation, are only 5,8 GB installed/available. Why? Is part of it "reserved" for VEGA GPU?

Thanks a lot!
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Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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Better and safer option is to install Windows into VirtualBox. VirtualBox installed Windows 10 can activate the next way:
https://puolanka.info/goto/to-activate- ... indows-10/
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kukamuumuka wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:01 pm
Better and safer option is to install Windows into VirtualBox. VirtualBox installed Windows 10 can activate the next way:
https://puolanka.info/goto/to-activate- ... indows-10/
Laptop has already W10 installed.
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Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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palimmo wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:08 pm
kukamuumuka wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:01 pm
Better and safer option is to install Windows into VirtualBox. VirtualBox installed Windows 10 can activate the next way:
https://puolanka.info/goto/to-activate- ... indows-10/
Laptop has already W10 installed.
I use to remove Windows if it is installed and then install Windows into VirtualBox. :wink:
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Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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kukamuumuka wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:15 pm
palimmo wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:08 pm
kukamuumuka wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:01 pm
Better and safer option is to install Windows into VirtualBox. VirtualBox installed Windows 10 can activate the next way:
https://puolanka.info/goto/to-activate- ... indows-10/
Laptop has already W10 installed.
I use to remove Windows if it is installed and then install Windows into VirtualBox. :wink:
Thanks for your input, but I'd like to leave w10 in dual boot as I did often in the past.
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You don't need a swap partition - there is now a swap file.
Can you go to the Mint install screen and click "Install alongside Windows"? Does that option come up?
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https://lnv.i.lithium.com/t5/image/serv ... bl-1&px=-1
Can you get into the window as seen in the picture?
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WaHaHa wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:33 pm
You don't need a swap partition - there is now a swap file.
Can you go to the Mint install screen and click "Install alongside Windows"? Does that option come up?
I usually use the manualmode.
Can a swap file be created in the manual mode as well?
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WaHaHa wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:42 pm
https://lnv.i.lithium.com/t5/image/serv ... bl-1&px=-1
Can you get into the window as seen in the picture?
Yes, apparently 2GB are reserved for the GPU Vega 8.
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ShRink your 900+ gb partition. Leave the unused space as it is. while installing choose install alongside. This unused space will be used to install Mint.
Your windows partition will be accessible from Mint.
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deepakdeshp wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:21 pm
ShRink your 900+ gb partition. Leave the unused space as it is. while installing choose install alongside. This unused space will be used to install Mint.
Your windows partition will be accessible from Mint.
Hi. A few questions:

- "install alongside" will choose the total empty space? Will the following screen show me it exactly before proceeding?
- what about the swap file? Will it be automatically created? How big will it be?
Your windows partition will be accessible from Mint.
What do you mean? that ntfs will be accessible from Mint?
And since I'll create a new partition (see "a") do you suggest ntfs?
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Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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Swap file is automatically created in /
I don't know about the Install alongside option. I chose "something else".
Create an NFTS partition using the free space and assign mount to somewhere like /media/mydata.
Use the rest of the free space as EXT4 and mount point as root (/)
Install Mint.
Then in Windows do this https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/window ... to-a-drive
to the NFTS partition you created.
Hope this works! :D
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WaHaHa wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:38 pm
Swap file is automatically created in /
I don't know about the Install alongside option. I chose "something else".
thanks.
Can a swap file be created using "something else"?
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Yes.
Create a partition and change Use as: to Swap Area
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WaHaHa wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:44 pm
Yes.
Create a partition and change Use as: to Swap Area
but this will be a swap partition, not a swap file.
Am I right?
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You are right. :)
Swap file is automatically created.
You don't need a swap partition.
If it is there, Mint will use both swap file and swap partition.
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palimmo wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:41 pm
thanks.
Can a swap file be created using "something else"?
I thought you said swap partition.
Sorry :lol:
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Install alongside will use total unused space. NTFS is accessible by Mint .
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My swap is here:
Screenshot from 2020-01-05 18-53-56_censored.jpg
I didn't create a swap partition because it's not needed.
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Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

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thanks.
LM creates always, by default, a swap file, right?
Independently from the installation/partitioning methode, independently from the presence or not from a swap partition?
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