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Old 05-25-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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Filesystem/Partitioning for dual boot


I've ordered a laptop that comes with a 160GB hard drive that I'd like to dualboot Windows and Linux on, I was thinking something like this for a partition setup:

hda1 - 16GB - / - ext3
hda2 - 2GB - swap
hda3 - 60GB - Windows C: - NTFS
hda4 - 82GB - music, data, etc, mounted as D: in Windows and something under /home in Linux - ??

1. How does this partitioning setup look? Should I change it in any way?

2. What filesystem should I use for hda4, either:
a) FAT32 - easily compatible with everything, but no journaling, subpar performance, and fragments a lot (perhaps if I choose this, it would be better to split this up into maybe 30, 30, and 22GB partitions for performance, since I've heard that large FAT32 filesystems are slow)
b) NTFS - writing to an NTFS drive in Linux was unstable last I investigated deeply, but do newer utilities make this a viable choice?
c) ext3 - there are utilities to read/write ext3 partitions in Windows, but how reliable is this for long-term, regular use?
d) something else?
 
Old 05-25-2007, 10:10 PM   #2
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60GB for windows?

Anyway, for the music partition, you could use fat32. Use the "uid" and "gid" options in your mount command to give you ownership on the mounted filesystem. You could have it mounted in your root directory (/music) and then have a symbolic link to it in your home directory. ( Although /home/username/music will work as well. )
 
Old 05-25-2007, 10:23 PM   #3
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60GB for windows?

Anyway, for the music partition, you could use fat32. Use the "uid" and "gid" options in your mount command to give you ownership on the mounted filesystem. You could have it mounted in your root directory (/music) and then have a symbolic link to it in your home directory. ( Although /home/username/music will work as well. )
I have a lot of large windows programs (like games) that need to be installed in the windows partition, hence the large size.
 
  


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