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Old 01-30-2012, 06:49 PM   #1
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How to repartition my hdd for dual boot?

I have Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 occupying an entire one of my 2 harddrives now (the other one is WinXP)and I want to replace it for a dual-boot setup with Bodhilinux and SUSE.
My question is, how would I ideally repartition the hdd now for this, so both OSs can access my user files? Does it make sense - or does it even work - to make a separate partition just for /home directory, that could be accessed be both OSs?
Bodhi should be my main OS though - SUSE I just want to take a look at for now, but as long as I'm sort of distro hopping, I'm thinking it would be a good idea to set up an extra partition for the occasional side-distro.
The hdd currently with Ubuntu installed has 1TByte, so both OSs + /home comfortably fit on there, and no need to squabble for space with Windows, since it's on the otjher hdd.
I should mention though that Grub for some reason is showing multiple instances of Ubuntu, it's just in the list 4 o 5 times. that hasn't been causing any problems, but I'm afraid it might if I mess with the partitions

Thanks, Ben
Old 01-30-2012, 07:29 PM   #2
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You can re-size your partitions from within Windows XP. Right click on "My Computer" -> Manage -> Disk Management. From there you can delete, then create partitions. You cannot re-size partitions, however.
Another way is to get a live CD like partedmagic, which has utilities to re-size and create hard drive partitions. It's pretty straightforward.
Just be sure to back up your data before resizing, just in case (partedmagic can also do an image backup).

When you install another Linux distro, you will most likely have the option of reinstalling grub or lilo, so don't worry too much about the partitioning messing up grub.

Making a common /home directory should be possible, although I have never done it. During installation, you usually have the option of creating separate /home, /usr, etc. partitions, so I don't see why you wouldn't be able to have a common /home.


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