Originally Posted by Whitestar
Good evening, everyone.
My predicament is this: I am creating a multi boot and need to know how to create partitions.
Background: I know little at this point, but have to learn a great deal in a short period. In other words, you will need to type slowly so I will be certain to grasp the concept.
will you also be installing windows? If so, install it first, otherwise Windows will overwrite grub (the Linux bootloader) which will essentially remove the ability to boot Linux. You can get it back, but it's a pain. Save yourself some hassle & install windows first. When you install Windows, instead of using the whole disk, hit the 'C' key to create a partition for Windows (in the windows installation process) & create some partition of... i dunno, about 1/2 of your available disk space.
Once that's done, if the only other OS will be Ubuntu, then when you install, use the partition option "Use maximum unused space" (or something to that effect) & you're all set.
If you're going to put some other OS on there, I typically partition like so:
150 MB so of ext3 that will be mounted as /boot
2GB (or around how much ram you have) of swap space
the rest as reiserfs mounted as /
"the rest" of course, is subjective - however much space you want in your Linux partition... doesn't necessarily have to be the remainder of the disk, but that's typically what you do.