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I've just recovered my notebook, and want to install linux as the 2nd OS on it. Now I am not sure, if I should create an extra small boot partition (12-15mb) for boot loader. I know many people do this. But is it really necessary or advantageous to do so?
My situation now is, I used the IBM recovery CD set, so I have only two primary partitions on my disk till now. On the first partition (55GB, NTFS) the winxp is installed, the IBM rescue partition is on the 2nd partition (5GB, FAT32).
So there would be two possibilities to arrange for the multi boot
1st primary: windows xp - 10G, NTFS
2nd primary: suse linux - 10G, reiserfs - linux "/" for system
a) windows d - 15G NTFS
b) windows e - 8G FAT32
c) linux /swap - 1G
d) linux /tmp - 1G
e) linux /home - ca. 10G
4th primary: 5G, FAT32 - IBM rescue partition
1st primary: /boot - 15M
2nd primary: windows xp
3rd extended: with all linux system and /home inside
4th primary: IBM
in the second case, maybe I will need to use partitionmagic to move and generate partitions. only if the /boot partition will bring advantages.
"Now I am not sure, if I should create an extra small boot partition (12-15mb) for boot loader. I know many people do this. But is it really necessary or advantageous to do so? "
Some computers have hard drives which are bigger than the BIOS is capable of addressing. The only time Linux uses the BIOS to access the hard drive is during boot. So if you have the BIOS hard drive addressing problem then you can solve it by placing /boot at the beginning of the hard drive where it for sure can be addressed by the BIOS. Otherwise a seperate /boot is an unnecessary complication.
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