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Is this a valid partition scheme?

asked 2016-06-17 03:03:35 -0500

mikechav gravatar image

updated 2016-06-17 10:32:52 -0500

Hi guys, hope this isn't a duplicate as I've already tried looking for my answer.

I have a 140GB HDD, and currently using MBR partitioning style (Don't have UEFI, it's an old laptop). I'm running Windows 7 and Fedora 23 at the moment.

I was thinking of splitting my HDD into 3 partitions:

  1. 25 GB for Windows 7, which I seldom use, except for a couple of programs.
  2. 50 GB Files partition
  3. 65GB Extended partition

In the Extended partition, I was thinking of installing Arch and Fedora 24, and keep some extra space if I wanna install another distro. I'll be sharing the swap partition for simplicity. Is this a good idea, and will it work well? (I'll most probably install Windows 7, followed by Arch, and to complete Fedora)

Additional Reading for the curious ones: The reason I'll be doing this if because when I installed Fedora, the install created an extended partition and a primary partition, So I'm at my limit. I want 3 partition, so I have a 4th one free just in case.

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When sharing a swap partition make sure you don't format it again when installing the second distro as this will break the first distro (UUID for it will change and break boot up).

geforce gravatar imagegeforce ( 2016-06-17 03:20:51 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-06-17 10:38:18 -0500

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That partitioning is fine. For the "Files" partition, do you mean /home? If so, then that should be able to be shared between Arch and Fedora as long as you keep software versions close. For example, Firefox could have a problem if you have a much newer version on one side than the other. I don't know anything about the Arch installer, but if you install Fedora after Arch, then it will automatically use the existing swap partition without reformatting it.

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The Files partition will be used to store files and data (movies, docs, songs, code - data I'll be sharing among OSs)

mikechav gravatar imagemikechav ( 2016-06-18 05:04:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-06-17 19:00:05 -0500

JetStream gravatar image

If you don't intend to use hibernation I believe it is ok do use the same partition for swap.

Depending on how you install Windows 7 it may create 2 primary partitions in any case - a 200MB system partition and another for the C drive.

Aside from that you are good. You can go ahead and install multiple Linux systems on the extended partition

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What if I do want to use hibernation? Will I need two swaps?

mikechav gravatar imagemikechav ( 2016-06-18 05:05:04 -0500 )edit

If both systems are not being made to hibernate at the same time you might still be okay to share the same swap partition. I am not very sure about this. Hope someone else can confirm. If each system has its own swap partition there wouldn't be anything to worry about. If you use hibernation, remember to allocate the swap size to be at least the same amount as the RAM.

JetStream gravatar imageJetStream ( 2016-06-18 08:05:13 -0500 )edit

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