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Installing Fedora 18 on SSD/HDD

asked 2013-04-03 18:49:39 -0500

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I just got a laptop with a 128GB SSD and a 750GB HDD. I tried installing ubuntu and it messed up my computer because it doesn't support UEFI booting. I just learnt that Fedora does, and I want to install it. I'm comfortable with both Operating Systems, except that I haven't installed on a PC with both an SSD and a HDD. My Windows is installed on the C drive, which is the SSD. The D drive is labelled Data. If I want to install fedora, should I create a new partition for it on the C Drive or can I also just install it on the D drive. I'm afraid installing on D will mess things up since Windows is installed on C. What is the best method to install Fedora in this case? The other thing is that my the SSD has only 60GB free left. Can I also install on C and still be able to access and save files on D in case I need more space in Fedora?

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answered 2013-04-04 20:58:42 -0500

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What usually takes the most disk space in Linux is your /home directory. That's where people store their music files, downloads, etc. So, you could create a root partition on your SSD that contains everything but /home, and put /home on the 2nd drive. On my system, I set my root partition to 15 Gig. Even after installing all of the compile and debug tools, and a few disk-hungry apps, that partition has 3.5 Gig free. So "only" 60 Gig is not a problem.

I'm not familiar with UEFI booting, but I have seen many posts about problems trying to get UEFI, Windows and Linux to play nice together. Either wait for someone else to answer the UEFI question, or try a Google search similar to this (If you won't get lost in the technical jargon :)

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