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dual boot with windows 8 and fedora on a SSD/HDD system

asked 2013-11-12 12:06:30 -0500

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updated 2014-02-15 13:43:31 -0500

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I have a recently bought a laptop with an SSD of 128GB (46 GB free space) and a HDD of 1TB (350 GB free space). Currently, I have installed windows 8 on the SSD (C drive) and I use the the HDD (D drive) to store my data (images, music, videos, documents etc.). Would it be possible for me to install fedora next to windows 8 on the SSD, giving it about 20 GB for system and then make a really small home folder on C and actually just use my files from my D drive (the HDD) and keep my data and would I still be able to access my data from windows 8? Thank you in advance.

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answered 2013-11-12 13:47:57 -0500

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Yes, this is possible by following these steps.

  • From Windows 8 shrink the current partition so that the disk has 20GB free space.
  • Install Fedora from the Live DVD
  • Create a mountpoint for your datadrive. Example: mkdir /mnt/sdb1.
  • Find your datadisk with fdisk -l and mount it to the mount point. Example: mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1. Alternatively create an entry in /etc/fstab. Example: /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1 ntfs defaults 0 0

One important thing to do is to disable the fast restart feature of Windows 8 to prevent data corruption: Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > Choose what the power button does > Change settings that are currently unavailable > Turn on fast startup (uncheck)

Alternatively disable hibernation. From an elevated command prompt: powercfg -h off


Using the fast restart feature of Windows 8 and rebooting into Fedora may lead to data loss. Files written to the Windows partition by Fedora may be deleted when rebooting into Windows 8. This may be avoided by disabling the fast restart feature in Windows 8.

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