Best dual boot scheme

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rickNS
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Best dual boot scheme

Post by rickNS » Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:35 pm

I've seen lots of different "theories" on this, but I'd like to see what may be the best. Particularly when dual booting linux with windows, yes there is still that one program that I "think" I need. (in the near future maybe not)

For me I would think that the best partitioning scheme is one that will allow both OS's tho view the home files. So that is a FAT32 partition ? for HOME.

Thanks in advance. sincerely,

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Re: Best dual boot scheme

Post by remoulder » Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:19 pm

The best scheme is one that works for you, every one's requirements are different, however you should forget about sharing a home between Windows and linux using fat32 as this FS doesn't support linux permissions. Instead have a separate shared data partition and symlink to home if you want it to appear seamless.
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Re: Best dual boot scheme

Post by edwardr » Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:23 pm

I've used different approaches as my opinions on the topic have evolved and depending on how the computer is configured (i.e. one hard drive or two hard drives with operating systems on one drive and data on another). The approach I currently favor is to install the Linux OS and after installation configure Linux to automount the Windows ntfs partition, then delete the data directories from the new Linux install (i.e. documents, downloads, music, pictures etc.) and replace them with symlinks to the corresponding Windows data directories i.e. My Music, My Pictures etc. That way, whether you are booted in to Windows or Linux, you see all your data files in the same directories.

As remoulder said, use the scheme that works for you.
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