trippin wrote:i want have a 500gb hd i want to partition so i can choose to boot either Mint, Gentoo, kali or windows(for when i get it).
can someone help me to partition my hd properly?
There are as many partition scheme as the number of people responding to your questions.
This is just my method.
I would show you my HDD partitions and explain a little.
Model: ATA ST3500413AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 1049kB 52.4GB 52.4GB primary ext4
2 52.4GB 56.7GB 4299MB primary linux-swap(v1)
3 56.7GB 162GB 105GB primary ntfs boot
4 162GB 500GB 339GB extended
5 162GB 388GB 226GB logical ntfs
6 388GB 439GB 51.7GB logical ext4
7 439GB 449GB 9479MB logical ext4
8 459GB 479GB 20.0GB logical ext4
9 479GB 500GB 20.6GB logical ext4
In the above parted -l, it shows a 500G HDD, in msdos format.
1. Partition 1 is about 50G, ext4, which is my 'Master boot' Linux OS.
Master Linux OS is the one which is very stable, does not likely to break, I use it to control MBR , to play with partitioning, to delete other OS that I want to delete, to copy, clone , whatever.
2. Partition 2 is my swap, shared with all Linux OS
3. Partition 3 is NTFS format , about 100G, this is WIndows 7.
4. Partition 4 is extended , to house all the rest of the Linux OS and Data partition
5. Data partition, 5, in NTFS format, about 200G,
to keep all 'wanted to keep data' and to share with ALL Linux OS and Windows OS
6. Partition 6,7,8,9,
each partition is 10G, 20G, 50G size, change as frequently as I wish when I test new Linux OS or various version of Linux.
I can delete one OS without affecting my Master Linux and Windows easily using gparted.
Please note that I follow my own method, which I could summarise as follow:
a. One root partition for one OS, for ease of management, ease of backup
b. One swap to share by all Linux OS
c. One Data partition in ntfs format to be shared by all Linux and Windows
d. One Master Linux OS to control MBR so as to have easy to handle boot loader.
e. If during installation , at time, when installer crash, or wipe out MBR, or wipe out a partition, I still retain the Master Linux OS , Windows, and all I need is a DVD/USB to repair the boot loader for the Master OS.
This is for your reference, there are many other partitioning method.
Choose one that suit you.