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I have a new 1tb hdd that I want to use for dualboot with win7 and linux.


I was thinking of using windows 7 installer first, and creating 3 partitions:

100gb formatted ntfs for windows
100gb unformatted for linux mint
800gb formatted ntfs for windows files

then after installing windows, I restart and use the mint installer


Is this option possible? I want to avoid all the clutter.
The last time I installed mint, it made multiple partitions.
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Originally Posted by edalbkrad View Post

I have a new 1tb hdd that I want to use for dualboot with win7 and linux.


I was thinking of using windows 7 installer first, and creating 3 partitions:

100gb formatted ntfs for windows
100gb unformatted for linux mint
800gb formatted ntfs for windows files

then after installing windows, I restart and use the mint installer


Is this option possible? I want to avoid all the clutter.
The last time I installed mint, it made multiple partitions.



It is possible but remember to use manual partitining in Mint. Also, all mint needs is 10, 15gb MAX for itself. Linux can read your windows paritions so just keep everything (music, video, etc) on those and save the space.

100GB NTFS Windows (C:)
15GB Ext4 (make unformatted at first in the Windows installer) Linux Mint (/)
875GB NTFS both (data)

EDIT---

Also, if you already have an install your happy with I made a guide on moving it to a new HDD in the 'HowTo' article section.
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thanks a lot for those instructions, will do them as soon as i finish backing up.

So all in all im looking at 4 partitions for my first hdd?

100GB windows 7
100MB windows 7 system file
800GB windows 7 free space
100GB mint

I dont like the idea of mixing windows files with linux files lol.
it looks like clutter to me.
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thanks a lot for those instructions, will do them as soon as i finish backing up.

So all in all im looking at 4 partitions for my first hdd?

100GB windows 7
100MB windows 7 system file
800GB windows 7 free space
100GB mint

I dont like the idea of mixing windows files with linux files lol.
it looks like clutter to me.

Your not mixing files, just accessing them. In windows, just like normal. In linux, just click on the windows partition in the file manager and go to your user folder for files. Not Linux files, just your files- movies, music, etc. like in this shot here:



you can see my phone and other partitions under 'devices'. your windows partitions will shown up there, with the drive icon like mine (mine are also linux ext4, that doesn't matter. You can view your windows files the same way) why need your videos and musci in two places? save them on the windows drive, access them from both.
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what I meant was,
if I install something like the game nexuiz or tuxcart from package manager,
what would it look like in windows?

Maybe I should just create a folder on the big partition named "mint program files" ?
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what I meant was,
if I install something like the game nexuiz or tuxcart from package manager,
what would it look like in windows?

Maybe I should just create a folder on the big partition named "mint program files" ?

That's not how things work in Linux. Programs are installed in various folders, spread out over the opsys. The executable for example gets stored in /usr/bin (just ONE location for them).

Today most application shortcuts get put in the start menu if you have a graphical desktop. If you want a desktop shortcut, find it in the start menu and their is generally a right click option to create a shortcut on the desktop.

If I have a program that gets used often, it's generally memorized. Alt+F2 brings up my run box and I go from there. Otherwise, I'm pretty lazy and slackerish when it comes to doing things. I like to live lethargically.
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what I meant was,
if I install something like the game nexuiz or tuxcart from package manager,
what would it look like in windows?

Maybe I should just create a folder on the big partition named "mint program files" ?

I've included all programs in the 15gb, except stream whose games go anywhere you want. Programs have to be compiled for their OS, and you need to install your programs on both. as said before, you are just sharing personal files like videos or music or docs.
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