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Partitioning For Xp-linux Dual Boot


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#1 Danvds3

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:34 AM

OK, I have a Hard drive that has already been partitioned by factory default.

Local Disk (C:) - 108 GB
Backup (D:) - 37.2 GB

This is how much is free in those partitions

Local Disk (C:) - 46.2 GB
Backup (D:) - 32.5 GB

This is how I want the partitions

NTFS - XP Local Disk (C:) - 100 GB (Backup deleted and put onto the Local Disk)
Linux Swap - Swap - 2GB
ext3 - root - 4GB
ext3 - home - remainder (39GB)

If you have any better partition ideas, based on my hard drive and taking in to consideration that the XP partition is 3/4 full, please reply them.

Thanks in advance,
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Posted 11 April 2007 - 07:11 AM

That setup looks perfect.

If you are worried about your XP partition being full just uninstall any programmes that are not being used. And use the disc cleanup wizard.

To access the disc cleanup wizard do the following:

1. Double-click on My Computer

2. Right-click on hard drive C:\ and select properties

3. Click on the tab named tools

4. Click on the button labled Start Disc Clean-up (or something similar to that)

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Posted 11 April 2007 - 10:45 AM

Instead of going through the trouble of resizing the partition, I would just leave it at 31gb for the home.

Unless your going to be downloading a lot of music, movies, or distributions, it is unlikely that you will be using that much space.

I've only allocated 20gb for Xandros. (60gb in a Fat32 partition shared between OSes), and a grand total of 6gb for Ubuntu, or any other distro I try.

You can put Linux on an extended/Logical partition. See below.


[NTFS] Windows C:\ 108gb
[Swap] 1gb
Extended -> [root] 4gb, [home] 30gb]
[Fat32 shared] 2gb

That will allow you to have a Fat32 shared drive, to transfer files back to Windows easily. Only a few Linux distros support writing to NTFS (XP default), and it is still a little risky to do so.
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