I am an inexperienced Ubuntu user with a a new desktop computer with 2 HDD that has Windows 7 Prof. (64 bit) preinstalled. I would like to setup a simple dual boot with Ubuntu 12.04 on the smaller C drive, and use the D drive for data.
Dell Precision T3610
Intel Xeon CPU E5-1620 v2 @ 3.7 GHz 3.7 GHz
16 GB RAM
HDD C: NTFS 500GB
HDD D: NTFS 2TB
I just wanted to check whether I am likely to run into any problems using the D drive as a shared data area for both OS - is there any risk of corrupting files/directories by accessing files from one OS to the other?
The reason I ask is because I have a similar dual boot on my laptop (that someone else set up for me), but here I just have a single drive partitioned with an area for Windows and one for Ubuntu. The Windows drive is then mounted in Ubuntu so that I can access these files from either OS. I've noticed that accessing files in this way seems to sometimes lead to corruption of files/entire directories. After reading around, this seems to be due to the partitions being formatted completely differently, and is a terrible way to work - hence why I want to set up the desktop the 'right' way (and if I can figure it out, reconfigure the laptop to use a shared area!)
So once I partition the C drive to have an area for each OS, do I need to do anything else with the D drive to make sure it is compatable with both OS, or should it already be fine with the current NTFS formatting?
Also, I get the impression that 500GB is unnecessarily large for just the OS, and maybe at most, I would need ~80GB for windows, and ~20 GB for Ubuntu, and can use the rest of the C drive for something else. Looking at this thread:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2214786&highlight=dual+boot+share d+data, I can't figure out if it is worth having extra partitions such as '/swap' to store data when the computer hibernates, and in this case, how large should it be? the same size as the RAM?
Many thanks for your help in advance!