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    Question laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I wanna install in my laptop Edgy,my hd is 80 gb and I should use Winxp just for gaming (not more than 15 gb of game software)

    I also have 10 gb of music on my laptop...so I may put this data on the windows partition and listen it on Ubuntu too,right?

    anyway:

    how would you make the partitions?

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I assume that you use the entire 80 GB in one partition is C: in Windows.
    First, of all defragment your C: using the Disk Defragmentor Utility.
    If after defragementation you see white space at the end of the drive, then job is done and next is to resize your C: partition.
    Boot into Ubuntu/Kubuntu Live CD and run GParted/QTParted. Now right click /dev/hda1 and click resize.
    Now resize C: as per usage, I recommend atleast 10 GB for Ubuntu, 1 GB for swap and anoher 10 GB Maybe for Music/Movies.
    Now restart into Windows and go to:
    Control Panel->Administrative Tools->Disk Management
    Create one maybe 10 GB partition which you desire for movies/music as X: (or any drive letter)
    Format the new partition using FAT32, yes only FAT32!!!
    Right Click on the black graph and create an extended partition to take over rest of the disk.
    Restart and boot into Ubuntu/Kubuntu Live CD.
    Click on install and make sure you select 'use free space during partition'
    Install Ubuntu/Kubuntu.
    Now after installing Ubuntu, go to Terminal and issue command:
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    sudo nautilus /mnt
    Create a new folder foldername
    In Kubuntu, go to Konsole:
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    sudo konqueror /mnt
    Create a new folder foldername
    where foldername is name for folder, i suggest lin4music 8)
    Close nautilus/konqueror
    In Terminal, type:
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    sudo nano /etc/fstab
    Scroll to the last line and add the following line:
    Code:
    /dev/hda2     /mnt/foldername     vfat     noauto,user 0 0
    The /dev/hda2 can differ, please view in GParted/QTParted.
    Type Crtl+O, save and Crtl+X to exit.
    Type exit to terminal.
    Now you can access your media in /mnt/foldername which is D: in Windows
    Of course you have to copy your media to D:

    C: cant be accessed since i''m assuming it's formatted with ntfs
    Last edited by Canis familiaris; January 14th, 2007 at 03:04 PM.

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Anurag_panda View Post
    C: cant be accessed since i''m assuming it's formatted with ntfs
    yes it is,

    so summaring, I will have

    first the Win ntfs partition
    then the fat32 for shared data between oss
    swap
    ext3 for ubuntu

    my friend always tells me that this partitiong is unhealthy for the hd,isn't it?

    anyway it seems to me the better way

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I now rezised the ntfs and I was going to make the fat32 partition...but when I create the new partition I can only format it with the ntfs file system...what to do?

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I always make a separate /home partition, so that I can keep media and settings even if I do a fresh installation in the future.

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    In case you use GNOME, using my above tip, you have to type mount command every time to access your shared file. In that case try this line instead:
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    /dev/hda2 /foldername vfat uid=anurag,gid=anurag 0 0
    replace anurag by your username.
    Note: this will only work within your usename.
    In that case add other user within your group.
    In KDE, you can simply go to System->Storage Media-> <your drive label older> to access your files.

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by Gargamella View Post
    yes it is,
    my friend always tells me that this partitiong is unhealthy for the hd,isn't it?
    anyway it seems to me the better way
    Your friend is wrong. Such partitoining is as such not unhealthy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gargamella View Post
    I now rezised the ntfs and I was going to make the fat32 partition...but when I create the new partition I can only format it with the ntfs file system...what to do?
    To format in FAT32, just scroll down in the New Partition Wizard in Disk Management when if offers NTFS and select FAT32.
    And yes, i suggest to create the root partition, swap, and perhaps the seperate /home, /usr partitions as logical drives in the extended partition.
    Last edited by Canis familiaris; January 15th, 2007 at 10:05 AM.

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I googled a bit around the net and I discovered what I was doing wrong...I can't make a Fat32 more than 30Gb in my situation...so I was only able to make a ntfs...

    gonna install edgy, see you later ;D

    thank you

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    I am here to report a question:

    I made the fat32 partition and it works...but also the ntfs is accessible too from ubuntu!
    so I think I am going to delete the fat32 to use the data directly from the nfts...
    is this a good idea?

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    Re: laptop 80gb Hd dual boot partioning suggestion

    Bad idea!!! the NTFS access in ubuntu is read only and the packages which allow to write NTFS, cannot be relied upon completely. If you are so keen on using your C: as shared drive, then convert it into FAT32 using powerquest partition magic.

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