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After finally seeing the need to have linux and wanting to eventually do away with windows as my main platform I need some help in partitioning my drives. I am ...
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    Partitions for multiboot system


    After finally seeing the need to have linux and wanting to eventually do away with windows as my main platform I need some help in partitioning my drives.

    I am creating a new setup after destroying my old windows installation. I have a AMD 64 processor and would like to have windows (for testing and running games tell the linux is setup properly) and linux 32 as well as a linux 64 version. I have a new 200GB hard drive as my main drive and am getting a older 160GB drive for a second. I want to have a partition for each basic install of each OS as well as a shaired data drive for all to share data, such as the 160GB drive.

    It has been a long time since I successfully ran a dual boot system and need some advice since I can't remember what the partitions are used for or what the best would be for a multiple os setup.

    Questions:

    1. can I use one swap for both linux installs and how much space (1GB of ram)?

    2. what is the best format type for the shair drive?

    3. what space will I need to the basic linux installs? (looking at Fedora and Ubuntu what ever is the best for a dual monitor with Nvidia dual head card)

    4. what partitions will I need to have separate for the linux installs?

    5. How many partitions and what mount points for the shair drives (such as /home or /usr what is the best config)?

    6. Is there something that I can use like partition magic that runs in Linux to make non destructive corrections to partitions if I need?

    7. What is the best boot loader for something like this?

    Please help.
    Multiboot

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    1. 1GB is good.
    2. see other thread
    3. That depends. If you want everything on all four of Fedora's disks, that's 7GB itself. I use 15GB ext3 / partitions with .25GB ex2 /boot, 7GB ext3 /home, 5GB ext3 /usr/local.
    4. You don't need any.
    5. see other thread
    6. QTParted on various live CDs like System Rescue CD
    7. Everyone has a different opinon on this. I like GRUB because you can do stuff before booting. The other popular boot loader is LILO.

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    For swap space, you're supposed to have double the size of you're RAM.

    Or that's the general rule at least...

    edited by moderator 2 one liners into one

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    For anyone reading this thread wondering what "see other thread" means, it means click this link!
    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/lin...ggestions.html

    Callum.

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