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Old 08-25-2018, 01:41 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by boombaby View Post
So, such a system would have: Windows, Swap, 1 Linux partition, YOUR Data/Backup partition, and an UNUSED partition).
Iteresting new aspect (that has not been covered yet) is talking about the order of partitions.
There are technologies (e.g. LVM) that make later changes in the partition scheme a lot easier, but I don't want to add more complexity to the discussion. Better take one step at a time.

So short of LVM and the likes I would make a slight modification to boombaby's advice quoted above: Put the data partition (which is presumably going to be your largest partition) right after windows. Don't bother leaving an unused partition as downsizing the data partition later on is reasonably easy (as long as there is enough free space in it). So the workflow could be:

state 1:
| Win |                DATA              | Distro 1 | Swap |
Now you want to add distro 2. Downsize data which leads to state 2:

| Win |        DATA       | unallocated  | Distro 1 | Swap |
Then install distro 2 to the unallocated space which leads to state 3:

| Win |        DATA       |   Distro 2   | Distro 1 | Swap |
The reason for pulling DATA aheads as much as possible is that it is pretty fast to move the end of a partition (as shown in the transition from state 1 to 2), but it takes increadibly long (several hours) to move a partition start.

Last edited by joe_2000; 08-25-2018 at 04:44 PM. Reason: Fixed typo in scheme 3
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