I recently bought an MSI laptop and configured it for dual boot with Windows and Debian. The hard disk contains
- 1 primary partition for Windows 7 SP1 Professional
- 1 primary partition for Debian 8.3.0
- 1 primary partition set by MSI with drivers, which I chose not to erase
- 1 extended partition with 1 logical volume for swap and 1 for storage (ntfs)
I have placed the storage in a separate partition so both OSs can see it. It works but I noticed inconsistencies between the disk management utility of Windows and gparted. I used gparted to create the extended partition, but Windows for some reason sees the swap volume as a primary partition. Also I needed to reformat the storage volume because I couldnīt mount it the first time due to a "missing NTFS signature". After reformatting it with gparted it became visible to both OSs.
Since I donīt have experience with partitioning, I am not confident with swap and storage sharing the same extended partition. I wouldnīt want Windows to mess with my swap space in the future. Are logical volumes in an extended partition as independent as primary partitions? I considered moving storage to a primary partition and Linux with all its files in an extended, which is easy now that the system is clean. Do you think it is worth it? Unfortunately I am not close to my laptop to post screenshots and command results, but I hope my question has a simple quick answer. I can post more information later if needed.
Thank you for your time
edit: hmm I realized I should have posted this in the General forum.. sorry for the muddle :/