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    Question Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    Hello, I have 300 GB harddrive and I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10 from scratch.

    I want 35 GB for Windows (and 100 mb for it's boot files)
    10 GB for /
    60 GB for /home
    3 GB for swap
    256 MB for /boot

    And rest for DATA partition to store my movies, pictures, music etc.

    Can you tell me how to achieve this? Whic OS should I install first? Which software should I use to partition my hard drive? Which partitions should be primary and which should be logical? Where should I install Grub?

    Thanks.
    Last edited by arabuli; February 5th, 2012 at 05:39 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    I am no expert, but I will start the replies by weighting from the little I know. I would suggest you start with the Ubuntu installation, since Windows can be really fussy when it comes to sharing the HD with other OS's and given its NTFS format preference.

    That is my suggestion. Stick around for more, then you should get a clear idea.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    install windows first.

    when its installed, go to disk manager to create a new partition/shrink the hdd. dont format it.

    boot off xubuntu cd, start installing it, and you will be able to create your partitions in the installer. partition the new partition that you created in windows.

    BTW, the partition for media that you want to share between windows and xubuntu needs to be formatted as ntfs.
    Last edited by holycow131415; February 5th, 2012 at 07:55 AM.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    I was informed that running a 3rd party partition program on a windows 7 OS is a very bad idea.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    I would recommend installing Windows first, and then doing everything else with the Xubuntu install media. It is made to do what you are wanting to do, whereas Windows seems to have been made to get in the way of what you are wanting to do.

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    Re: Dual boot Windows 7 and Xubuntu 11.10

    Since you have the install media for both, it seems the worst that can happen is you have to start over again.

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