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Hey guys
My secondary hard drive just came back from my RMA and I would like to partition 20-30GB of it for either Ubuntu or Mint while keeping my SSD for W7.

What would be the best way to go about partitioning and then installing Ubuntu. The two scenarios I am thinking are either using W7 to format and then partition the drive and then unplug the ssd and install ubuntu on the small partition OR unplugging the ssd, installing linux, and then re-partitioning it within linux.

Any input would be appreciated
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This is how I partition Linux to its own drive

Primary - /boot - EXT2 ~ 200+MB
Primary - / - EXT3 ~ 5+GB
Primary - swap - Double the amount of RAM (1GB of RAM = 2GB of Swap)
Logical - /tmp - EXT3 ~ 5+GB
Logical - /var - EXT3 ~ 5+GB
Logical - /home - EXT3 - the rest

EDIT: I would always start with Windows before Linux
Edited by HotDamn! - 12/17/10 at 1:29pm
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Hey guys
My secondary hard drive just came back from my RMA and I would like to partition 20-30GB of it for either Ubuntu or Mint while keeping my SSD for W7.

What would be the best way to go about partitioning and then installing Ubuntu. The two scenarios I am thinking are either using W7 to format and then partition the drive and then unplug the ssd and install ubuntu on the small partition OR unplugging the ssd, installing linux, and then re-partitioning it within linux.

Any input would be appreciated
I'd just do it with Windows7
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I'd just do it with Windows7
This is neither true nor helpful. Windows disk tools cannot format to any Linux file systems.

The best advice I can give for prep is to label your partitions some unique name, Rather than hide your disk to protect it, which also hides it from the system and bootloader, just use the label to be sure you don't try to change any existing partition, This can all be done best from a LiveCD containing GParted or the Hirens Boot CD.
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Your wanting to do this? SSD = W7, HDD = (lets say) 170GB files and 30GB Linux Ubuntu

You would want to keep the SSD plugged in because of the boot like mentioned above. Put Win7 on the SSD then pop in the Linux CD and choose your partitions for the second drive. After you have the 30GB's taken up by Linux, you can format the 170GB with either Linux or Windows. I formatted mine with Windows making it NTFS and it seems to be doing fine (I hear I should have used FAT). Linux has been getting better with this though I think.

Thats how I assume it should work. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I've only done a little research with the SSD's so I'm not too much up to date on them until I can get myself one

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So I can partition my 640GB HDD with the ubuntu live cd? If so seems like the easiest way to go about things and then format the remainder within windows or linux so both systems can dump data onto it.
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Yep. I think the best way to go for shared data between Windows and Linux is a FAT partition but I did NTFS and didn't feel like redoing all of it. Linux has been doing good with it though, no problems so far.
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installed win7, then loaded ubuntu. Chopped 50gb of space on one of partitions and installed it there... that is all... nothing lost or w/e.
Space i used for ubuntu was already formated as ntfs btw. Not a linux guru, maybe it was coz of distro
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installed win7, then loaded ubuntu. Chopped 50gb of space on one of partitions and installed it there... that is all... nothing lost or w/e.
Space i used for ubuntu was already formated as ntfs btw. Not a linux guru, maybe it was coz of distro
Windows formatted it with NTFS when you saved that space for Linux but when you installed Linux it formatted it making it EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, and so on.
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Ok, I think I have it all figured out except for one thing. I will be installing windows programs on the partition without linux to be used while booting up with the W7 SSD. Does it matter if that partition is fat32 or ntfs?
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