Solved Advice to partition 2 TB HDD

December 20, 2013 at 03:01:34
Specs: uestions, AMD Athlon 2000/1GB
After answering hundreds of questions now I need your advice.

I am planning to buy an assembled desktop with a 2 TB hard disk where to install operating system and my applications. I want to install Windows 8.1 (dressed to look as Win 7 by Start8) and so

- How much space is required for the OS primary partition (do 120 GB suffice)?
- In case I would install a dual boot system (Win 8.1 and a Linux distro) what is the preferred layout?

The above choice is only speculative since I prefer to run alternate environments inside virtual machines.

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December 20, 2013 at 04:47:30
Haven't installed Windows 8.1, but 120 GB should be bore then enough.
I suggest, to create a seperate partition for your data. The size for that partition depends on, how much and also what kind of data you have.

For Linux I would create a logical partition within an extendet partitionen.

For my system with Windows 7 and Opensuse installed with dual boot, I have:

100 GB Windows 7 (primary partition)
100 GB Opensuse Linux (logical partition)

The rest is another primary partition for my data, Ghost images of my running Win7, pictures and some music.

I created the data partition as a primary partition, but could have been also part of the extended partition.

The data partition is used by both OSses, cause it's easy to access NTFS partitions to read and write data to it.

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December 20, 2013 at 04:51:17
I have been running the same system for quite a few years on a 500GB drive with a 120GB partition for Windows 7 that still has 47GB free, a second partition for programs that only has 15G used so I certainly could have used the same partition for both. You have a much larger drive so if you intend on using the same partition and might have more programs to install, you can certainly go with 150GB or even 200GB and not notice the difference on your data partition.
As far as Linux is concerned, it can save files to your Windows partition so you can skip a data partition and just go with the mandatory partitions, but you can create them later if needed. You can plan on shrinking a partition later, or you can reserve raw approximately 100GB at the end of the drive for those needs later. If you never use it, you can always expand your last (data) partition to use the space later as well. When you do decide to use that last reserved space, you should make it an extended partition so you can split it for all of Linux's needs without running into the partition limit.

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December 20, 2013 at 07:00:50
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A few things to note.

According to this article on the Surface, a fresh, clean Windows 8 install will take roughly 40 GB. This is before normal operating bits, such as user information or page files, or hibernation files, or whatnot. Also remember WinSxS will save every patch you've ever applied, and this will add gigabytes to the final tally after a few years. There are ways to clean it up, but that just needlessly adds to whatever list of regular maintenance tasks you have. (Note Win7 has the same problem, and just now has a way to clean it up.)

If you want the Users stuff on a different drive letter, you'll need to do a custom install, with a custom unattend.xml. Thankfully, Microsoft has tools to make this easier. Note that a custom install will invalidate your system for upgrading to 8.2 (or whatever they'll call it).

Dual booting is always install Windows first, Linux second. Starting with Vista, you can pick which boot loader you want to start with: Grub or Windows Boot Manager. If you don't think you'll keep Linux around, make a separate boot partition to install Grub on, then have the Windows boot loader call Grub or Win8.1 (depending on what you want that boot). This has the added bonus of probably not breaking your Linux install when you install Win8.2. Procedure here. Finally, starting Win7 you can extend your partitions, so feel free to partition the drive for dual boot. If you change your mind, you can just delete the Linux partitions, and extend the Windows partition to fill the whole drive.

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December 20, 2013 at 07:35:23
I just installed Grub onto the logical linux partition and copied the linux boot sector via
dd if=/dev/sda3 of=/mounted_win_partition/vmlinz bs=512 count=1

Then I used EasyBCD to put Linux into the Wondows Boot Manager.

Works great.

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December 20, 2013 at 13:21:56
I agree with Razor2.3, don't skimp the Windows system space. It's surprising how much arrives there in the course of time, even it you install most things on another drive.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 21, 2013 at 07:29:18
Thank you, Razor2.3, as usual your advices are exaustive and offer a good starting point to dive into the issue.

Just one answer can be marked as the best, but I want thank all friends, so

Merry Christmas to you all!

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