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Hey guys,

This is a pseudo continuation of a previous thread I had going on.

Basically, I Have a 320GB HDD with Windows Vista 64 on it. And I also have a 500GB HDD I was using for storage.

Well, my Windows install just went kaput. And I've been using Linux enough on my laptop that I'm now ready to install is on my desktop.

SOO

Here's my plan:

1. Format both HDD's. (Backing up important data to my 1TB HDD)
2. Make 500GB my main HDD, splitting between Linux and Windows Vista.
3. Make 320GB a storage drive (for BOTH Windows and Linux)

My Linux will be my "work" OS. My Windows will be my "gaming" OS. I like this idea. I feel like it will help keep me focused on work when I need to be.

Here's my question(s):

1. I am booted into Ubuntu on a Live CD, and I'm going to run GParted and wipe the 500GB Hard drive. Then what do I do? I've read that I need to setup aswap or a boot partition and what not. I don't know how I should properly setup partitions for both OS's. I'm going to split space between them pretty equally, maybe a bit more for Windows.

2. Which OS do I install first? I've been told to install Windows first, then Linux, and vice versa. Which one first? And where should it be on the hard drive?

Thanks so much guys. I'm pumped as hell. I've been wanting to see what Linux could do with my main computer as its main OS.
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definately install windows first.

wipe the drive, used gparted like you would any other partition program.

i would create 3 partitions:

first partition: 1 GB set it as linux-swap
second partition: you said you wanted more for windows, so say 350 GB for windows partiton.
thirdpartition: rest allocated to a linux ext partition, ext4 would work fine. (don't worry about trying to create multiple partitions for linux, its really just annoying.) but if you, create the primary partition, then setup extended partitions, if you are going to do it, might as well go all out:

500 MB /boot partition
20 GB / partition
dedicated the remainder of the space to a /home partition.

and since linux can read ntfs partitions and write to them, format the other drive you have as a ntfs drive, so you can share the space with windows (windows will not read many non-windows FS's, and the drivers for windows for the ext series of FS for linux, don't work and can end up destroying any data you have on them.)
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definately install windows first.

wipe the drive, used gparted like you would any other partition program.

i would create 3 partitions:

first partition: 1 GB set it as linux-swap
second partition: you said you wanted more for windows, so say 350 GB for windows partiton.
thirdpartition: rest allocated to a linux ext partition, ext4 would work fine. (don't worry about trying to create multiple partitions for linux, its really just annoying.) but if you, create the primary partition, then setup extended partitions, if you are going to do it, might as well go all out:

500 MB /boot partition
20 GB / partition
dedicated the remainder of the space to a /home partition.

and since linux can read ntfs partitions and write to them, format the other drive you have as a ntfs drive, so you can share the space with windows (windows will not read many non-windows FS's, and the drivers for windows for the ext series of FS for linux, don't work and can end up destroying any data you have on them.)
I'm going to keep it simple. I'll do the 1GB swap, 250GB NTFS for Windows and 210GB ext4 for Linux.

Sound like a good plan?

Then I install Windows, choosing the NTFS partition. Then I install Ubuntu after Windows. Sounds good to me
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yep looks good. i would advise making the windows partition a bit bigger.
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yep looks good. i would advise making the windows partition a bit bigger.
My current windows install is about 260GB, and that's with a lot of extra junk. Maybe I'll make Windows 290GB and Linux 170GB (total of 460 available).

That seem more reasonable?
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Huh. I'm in Ubuntu on a Live CD and GParted wont let me edit the 500GB HDD until I unmount it, but it wont let me unmount it..
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looks good.
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Well I think I may have messed up.

I did a 1GB linux-swap at the beginning of my 500GB drive, then a 290GB partition for Windows, then the rest I did in ext4 for my linux install. I installed Windows in it's partition with no problem. Then I went to install linux and I got an error when I chose the ext4 partition to install.

The error said "no root file system is defined". So I did a quick google, and it seems all I had to do was set the mount point in my ext4 partition to "/"

Well I did that.. and my installer crashed.

I read after that, that I need a boot partition? I need a partition I can mark as mount point "/boot"? Should I just set the main partition as /boot or what?


Also,

My OS HDD is SECOND on my motherboard list, but I changed it to first on the boot list.. will this create any problems? Should I change the order on the mobo for simplicity?
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