Advice on partitioning hard drive

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Advice on partitioning hard drive

Post by illusioned » Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:07 am

Hi! guys

I wanted to an advice on how to partition my hard drive which is 160GB and 4GB RAM were i need it to have dual booting which is window vista and Linux

And within vista i would like to install two virtual machines.How should i partition my hard drive?

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Re: Advice on partitioning hard drive

Post by Arxo Clay » Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:58 am

As far as the dual booting is concerned, most Linux flavors have an inbuilt partitioning software that will handle the partitioning when you install it. Also you might want to take a look at disk partitioning software available on the net. Partition Magic comes to mind, but I am not sure as to whether it is free any more.

Virtual Machines I guess, is a distinct topic.
Some snappy googling and I found this: ... vmware.htm

Hope that helps!

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Re: Advice on partitioning hard drive

Post by 19bab79 » Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:06 pm

gparted is a free partition editor. linux doesn't really need a whole lot of space depending on what you are using it for. vista takes up a lot of hard drive space as well. depending on which version of vista you are installing it could try to use over 15gb ( ... ments.aspx).

if it were me, i would install minimum requirements for vista and then give the rest for linux. then use linux for the virtual machines. i am sure experiences vary, but i always had a problem with vista wanting to lock up when i booted virtual machines in it. that was a long time ago though, and might not be an issue anymore.

you can always resize your partitions later if you decide you haven't given enough to one operating system.

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Re: Advice on partitioning hard drive

Post by Dark Nova » Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:05 am

if you're looking to partition, I cant possibly recommend bootit NG any more highly, tis free easy to use and has never failed me, will also allow resizing of partitions with an OS on.

I agree with 19bab79 though, I always find virtual machnes in Linux a whole lot more stable.
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