Partitioning 120GB SSD for Dual Boot?
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October 26, 2012, 10:17 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: East Van
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Don't worry about it, /var and your swap partition are just fine on the SSD. Moving the data you write most frequently to your slowest device makes no sense to me. You bought a SSD, don't be afraid to use it. It won't wear it out.
I'm a little nervous about using gparted to create Windows' own partition, but it's probably ok. The whole sector offset/alignment thing with DOS and old Windows taught me that Windows prefers to create it's own partitions, especially for booting. My own method for installation would be simply...
boot Windows installer, let it have about 80GB of the SSD and install Windows into that
you now have a working Windows machine
boot Linux installer, partition the remainder of the SSD for Linux and install into that
Linux installer writes a boot loader that will prompt you for which OS on boot
you now have a dual-boot machine
from within either Linux or Windows, partition and format the 500GB data drive
The 500G drive is your data drive. You can partition this out however you like. It's a good place to back up the SSD to.
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