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#1 OFFLINE   kevinturcotte

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:53 PM

Currently have a Windows 7 PC at home. I'm planning on adding Linux to it. Anything I need to know to do this? Is there good FREE partitioning software out there? How much should I reserve for Linux? What about booting into Linux? Is that something my motherboard will handle itself? Will I need to tell it I have 2 OS's? If it helps, this is my motherboard: http://www.asus.com/...P6X58D_Premium/

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:55 PM

I installed Ubuntu on my win7 machine. It uses NTFS, so I didnt need to repartition anything. Short of that, just drop a second drive in the computer for the Linux stuff and keep everything separate.

The Ubuntu install created a Windows Boot manager entry, so when the PC is booted, you have 10 second to decide which one, after which it defaults to loading windows. That is all customizable BTW

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:12 PM

If you go with Ubuntu it will take care of all your partitioning (resizing, etc) for you and setup the GRUB bootloader. That will allow you to choose which OS you want to use when you boot.

I wouldn't use the Windows Boot Manager, use GRUB and let Linux use it's default format of EXT4, not NTFS.
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#4 OFFLINE   kevinturcotte

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:13 PM

If you go with Ubuntu it will take care of all your partitioning (resizing, etc) for you and setup the GRUB bootloader. That will allow you to choose which OS you want to use when you boot.

I wouldn't use the Windows Boot Manager, use GRUB and let Linux use it's default format of EXT4, not NTFS.


No problem with NTFS and EXT4 on the same drive (Different partitions obviously)? Ubuntu is probably what I'll choose. VERY new to Linux.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:40 PM

No issues with different file systems.

Just in case something happens with the resize, I'd still back up your windows data.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 04:41 PM

No issues with different file systems.

Just in case something happens with the resize, I'd still back up your windows data.


I actually don't keep anything major on the Windows drive. Everything is on my NAS in RAID 1 lol

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:21 PM

No problem with NTFS and EXT4 on the same drive (Different partitions obviously)? Ubuntu is probably what I'll choose. VERY new to Linux.


No, no problem at all. I have a dual boot laptop that has Windows 7 NTFS and Ubuntu Linux EXT4 Encrypted. Once you have Windows installed then go for Ubuntu and it will walk you through the whole setup and install process. It will even determine how to resize your windows partition and make sure a chkdsk is run on the Windows partition on the next boot into windows.
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