Solved Format/ partition SSD on new PC for multi-OS; newbie basics?

July 29, 2012 at 13:51:51
Specs: Ubuntu 12, Windows 7 , Intel Core i5 3.3GHz / 8 gig
NewbieQ: How do I partition a brand new 64Gb SSD in my very 1st new build so that I can have dual (or multiple) boots/OSes? I was planning to install Ubuntu initially and then (once I have a little money again) Windows 7/8, & then maybe- possibly- Mac OS X.

FreeDOS came on the mobo's disk, and so I ran fdisk to set up the primary dos partition (15Gb). I noticed that it was FAT32 and realized I wasn't sure what kind of file system Ubuntu even used. Now I know ext3 is best. Can anyone advise me on how to use FreeDOS to format, partition, etc. for my plans?? Thanks!

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July 29, 2012 at 21:04:14
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Your Ubuntu installer can do the partitioning.
Do not expect to run more than one modern operating system on a 64GB SSD drive. It will not in any practicality work. I think Windows 7 would take about half of that entire drive and you need to leave almost 15% free (not counting updates) to run well. Then you would have to force Windows to put its paging files (virtual memory) and System Restore files on another hard drive since they would 'break the bank'. You would also need another drive for your programs and personal files as well.

You would have been better off purchasing a conventional hard drive say 500GB and partitioning that off and saving the SSD drive until you could afford to do it right.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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July 29, 2012 at 21:06:30
64GB is really too small for multiple OSes. And you don't partition/format using FreeDOS, you use a program specifically designed for partitioning & formatting. You didn't bother to list the make/model of your SSD, but if it didn't come with software, it can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website. Otherwise, try UBCD, Parted Magic, or GParted.

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