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Old 11-15-2007, 09:06 AM   #1
strunal
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Question Hard disk partitioning


I'm not a nebie to Linux, as i have it installed on other machines.

This question is about partitioning a 80gb hard disk,

The 80gb is the total size of what i have to work with on this box and would like a duel boot system Linux & WindowsXP. The Linux is used everyday for internet/music/photo, the windows partition will be used for a few minutes once a month to update a satnav appliance (TomTom).

So the question is what percent of the disk should go to each desktop, how would you divide the 80gb?



thanks for time

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Old 11-15-2007, 09:13 AM   #2
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If you think you might use Windows for stuff besides updating your TomTom then add a G for each additional use up to 10G, if not, 3G, the rest Linux.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 09:16 AM   #3
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Rather than dual booting, I would run Windows in a virtual machine. The only thing I would have to study would be whether the VM has access to the serial/USB port the TomTom uses.

Running it in a VM would mean you wouldn't have to set aside a partition for Windows, you wouldn't have to reboot the computer when you wanted to run Windows, and you could make a backup of Windows anytime you wanted by copying the couple VM files.

Otherwise, if you wanted/had to dual boot, and you didn't plan on doing anything else in Windows, 8GB should be more than enough hard-drive space.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 09:33 AM   #4
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8-10GB Windows
8-10GB Linux
~30GB shared data
balance empty (unpartitioned)--for future changes

I now use ext3 for shared data---I access from Windows using the ext2fsd driver. (But then I hardly ever boot into Windows)
 
Old 11-15-2007, 09:37 AM   #5
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thanks all for the quick replies, and keep them coming.

10gb max for windows then, If it was'nt for the satnav update i would'nt have windows at all, i settled on a duel boot as im not keen on the other options.
 
Old 11-15-2007, 10:04 AM   #6
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I would also check out wine when you have your linux system setup. I recently went back to trying wine after a while and installing some of my old games were as simple as the windows install and after some through testing I haven't found a problem in performance. This would give you 10GB back but more importantly starting your program under linux is as easy as starting it under windows.

check it out
 
Old 11-15-2007, 10:18 AM   #7
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I'd have to agree w/ Slick666. I have a dual boot system as a backup for things that just won't work with wine or VMWare. I have VMWare for things that won't work for wine, and I have wine. I rarely have to boot my VM or reboot to Windows, and typically when I do the things that weren't working in wine aren't working in the other two either.

HTH

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