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Old 06-03-2014, 08:43 AM   #16
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Both will work on your machine, the i486 are mainly thought for computers that don't support PAE, but that is not an issue with your machine.
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Originally Posted by StuartK24 View Post
I have recently bought a laptop which is running Windows 7. I want to set up a Linux partition. Does anyone have any recommendations for my choice of partitioning software. Alternately, is there any partition software that some of you have tried that have given you grief.
I believe that the question of partitioning software has been answered, so I'm going to leave that as it is.

As for the partitioning scheme, it depends on what you want to do. If all you want to do is to install one distro, then it's fairly simple. Have most of the free space formatted as ext4. Then make a swap partition. There is a lot of arguement over how much swap you should have. I suggest that you have at least as much swap as RAM. That way, you can hibernate. So if you have 4 GB RAM, have at least a 4 GB swap partition. If anyone has any other suggestions, throw them out. I'm only repeating what I know. But I digress.

If you want/need shared documents/files between Windows and Linux, you would want to have another partiton for data. (At least, that's what I do.) For that, I have the extra partition formatted as NTFS. Linux has good support for NTFS, while Windows drivers for ext2/3/4 is spotty at best. In Windows, it shows up as drive E. In Linux, I have a fstab entry that auto-mounts it at boot:
LABEL=MY_FILES  /win-share  ntfs-3g  uid=USERNAME,umask=022,nofail  0  0
You need to have the ntfs-3g package installed on your system. I labeled the partition as "MY_FILES" but you can call it whatever you want. Any files that get saved there are avalible on either OS.\

Hope this helps!
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It's always a good recomendation to use the windows native partitioning tools, but it can only reduce the size by half. If I had a 1TB drive with windows on it, I would have to go with the option to use gparted because if I wanted to reduce wins to 100 Gigs I can as long as I have less than 100 Gigs with OS & data.


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