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I have just trashed my full install of windows vista with linux vmware and decided to use linux as my main OS and have a small partition of vista for my gaming.
So I have reinstalled vista as a 400GB slice and am using the rest of the disk (1TB samsung F1) for Ubuntu 9.04
I have set up the partitions using LVM as below:
sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xd2cae5f5
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 51559 414147636 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 51560 51611 417690 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda3 51612 52917 10490445 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda4 52918 121601 551704230 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 52918 54876 15735636 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda6 54877 56835 15735636 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda7 56836 56967 1060258+ 8e Linux LVM
/dev/sda8 56968 57099 1060258+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda9 57100 121601 518112283+ 8e Linux LVM
I would make the boot partition ext2 or ext3 and not in a LVM physical volume. You don't need a separate physical volume for each partition. But you want the kernel and initrd file and the stage1.5 grub files in /boot to be accessible. The stage1.5 files are what is needed for grub to understand various filesystems. If grub can't read them, it won't be able to load the kernel and initrd file. The /boot partition does not need to be big. A 80-100MB partition would be plenty. It depends on whether you will keep old kernels around as they are updated. This makes it easy to use dd to backup the /boot partition as well, as a file.
You could try this instead:
Since there are only 4 partitions, this would work as well: