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Need some advice partitioning my HDD for move from Guindows to Fedora

asked 2016-03-18 09:53:37 -0500

Hi there, I will move from Guindows to Fedora 23 but for company policies I need to keep Gindow as well and as alternative so attached is a screenshot of what I have right now and I would like if someone can recommend me a good "Manual Partitioning" in order to achieve this. I want to use about 120GB of the HDD and setup as LVM so I can increase in case I need in the future. My PC has 8GB of RAM (this is for SWAP) recommendation, any?

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answered 2016-03-18 12:19:48 -0500

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updated 2016-03-18 12:40:13 -0500

I would do this:

  • Start Windows, and use the internal tool to resize sda3 (that is the large NTFS partition) so that you have about 120 GB free, unallocated space
  • Then start the Fedora installer again, and when you reach the point where you took the screenshot above you select Create them automatically. This will create a complete partition layout using the unallocated space. You should have a /boot of 500 MB, a / (say slash root) of 20 GB or 25GB (installer suggests 50 but according to this it is too much. Resize it to your needs!), a /swap (= size of RAM), and /home (the remainder).
  • I am not a big fan of suspend-to-disk hibernation, and I think /swap is waste of space, so I usually remove the swap partition (and add that space to /home). Instead, I later create a swap file on /. That is much more flexible but another story you can target later.
  • Remember, if you adjust your partitions manually, after having them automatically created, you can use words like max when resizing them.
  • Make sure you install grub, the bootloader on the hard drive. Otherwise your system will not boot. Grub will automatically detect your Windows installation.

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