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"Help me, Obi-Wan" I want to upgrade my work PC (Dell Precision 670 Workstation) as dual-boot Kubuntu and XP Pro. I currently have 2xSATA drives (250 GB each), one is ...
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- 01-08-2008 #1
Fishing for ideas - Dual boot XP Linux (yet again) with a twist
"Help me, Obi-Wan"
I want to upgrade my work PC (Dell Precision 670 Workstation) as dual-boot Kubuntu and XP Pro. I currently have 2xSATA drives (250 GB each), one is the boot drive (unpartitioned, XP Pro SP2) and one is my data storage drive. I recently got two 1 TB SATA drives and would like to upgrade my system, especially for the storage drive (I will be transferring the data from my current 250 GB D drive to one of the new TB drives). I know I have room for at least 3 SATA drives in there, so I plan on having 1x250 GB plus 2x1 TB drives on it.
Hereís where I am fishing for ideas. Should I partition my current boot drive (250 GB) for dual-boot with Linux (Kubuntu)? This way, I can use the TB drives purely for data storage. Or, should I partition a new TB drive for Linux (on maybe 75 GB partition) and split the remaining 900 GB for data storage? This way, I donít have to worry about partitioning the current boot drive for dual-boot. I am only considering this because as of this moment, I am only using 35 GB of the 250, and it would make some sense to just partition this drive and install Linux on it. I am only hesitant because I have no experience with any of the partition software out there, and I am afraid of damaging the current stable and functional XP Pro (plus the other programs) installed on it.
I am somewhat of a newbie with linux in that I have installed Ubuntu on an aging desktop and Kubuntu on another aging PC at work, but have only used it to browse websites (email, google, myspace, etc.) and as a jukebox player for my mp3s.
Although this is not too technical of a question, I would just like to know what folks would prefer to do, both from the experts and fellow newbies.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
- 01-08-2008 #2
Hi conradinsf, welcome to the forums.
With that much HD space available, I would just take the easy route and Install Linux to a secondary HD (75GB is plenty) and use the rest for storage.
- 01-08-2008 #3
- 01-08-2008 #4
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
- 01-08-2008 #5
Please pardon this naive question, but if I use PartedMagic LiveCD, what types of partitions should I create? I've never used the manual partition option, only the Guided Install for Kubuntu on the entire drive, so I don't quite know which format types to create (ext2, ext3, etc.) I've searched many sites, and all these places tell me is that I should double the size of current memory for the linux-swap partition. If I use PartedMagic, I assume that I can use the Guided Install for one of the partitions that I created with PartedMagic. So I guess my question is what partitions and sizes should I create with PartedMagic? Let's say I want to create approximately 75 GB for Kubuntu, and the rest for storage. My workstation (dual Xeon 2.4 GHz processors) has 4 GB memory installed.
- 01-08-2008 #6
- Join Date
- May 2004
- arch linux
The PartedMagic window looks like this:
You can see the number and types of partitions on the drive. I like ext3 partitions for my own use, but others like other filesystems for various reasons. As for swap, I've got 1 GB of RAM, but only create a 512 MB swap partition, and it never gets touched by the system, but then I don't run lots of high memory intensive applications at once. I could effectively delete my swap partition because I don't really need it.oz
- 01-08-2008 #7
... to be honest you are allocating as much space to a single OS as many people have total storage capacity.
- 01-09-2008 #8
- 01-09-2008 #9
Do you have blank HD? I would suggest you to boot up from PartedMagic LiveCD and execute fdisk -l command in its Terminal. Post output here.
Lets check whats the partition structure of your HD right now.
- 01-09-2008 #10
I do have a blank HD. Would I still need (or want) to boot up with PartedMagic if the drive is already blank? In other words, what are the advantages of PartedMagic if I can partition the HD when I install Kubuntu? Or, should I partition the HD with PartedMagic first (for simplicity's sake, let's say I will partition 1 TB HD down to 100 GB ext3 + 450 GB ntfs + 450 GB ntfs) and then do a guided install with Kubuntu on the 100 GB partition? Or even a manual install on the 100 GB partition to be able to change the linux-swap size?