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Old 09-15-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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pre dual boot advice


hey guys, i have a lenovo ideapad y500 that i wanna dual boot win7 and archlinux. I am pretty set how i want to accomplish this, i've watched a few videos to solidify my plan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZpr1eW48rc in particular. My question is this, i have 1TB drive that i would like to spread equally for win/linux, this is what i'm thinking

SDA1 boot ext2 80g
SDA2 swap 4g
SDA3 /home ext4 416g
SDA4 ntfs 500g


Is this good partitioning scheme?

gonna set that up in arch with cfdisk, then i'm gonna reboot and install windows first on the sda4. when i'm done i'll go back and install arch and use grub2 with os-prober and make sure that they are both in the grub.cfg

i don't expect it to be a wham bam, but this is better than going in blind.

any thoughts, ideas?

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Old 09-15-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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probably I would split windows into two parts two: one for the os and the second for your data (pictures, music, movies, work, whatever). Also maybe you want to have a common partition (visible or accessible from both).
I suggest you to install windows first, but I think you know it.
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:01 PM   #3
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yes, i usually do 2 partitions for windows, but i think i'll mess with that after windows is up with disk manager, shrink the drive and partiton from there. but yeah either way i do agree.
 
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do not forget the classical dos partition table can only handle 4 primary partitions, if you plan more you need to start with extended partitions (later on you will not be able to modify it, or at least I do not know how).
 
Old 09-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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that might be why the guy in the video didn't do a swap partition, i don't know if thats a good idea though...although i do have 8 gb of ram

maybe i can make my swap an extended partition

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Old 09-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #6
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it depends on you, and on what do you want to do with that host. Linux may work without swap, and is not required at all, but some softwares need a lot of ram, a huge amount of ram and f you want to use such apps you may need swap.
 
  


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