Dear Ubuntu Community,
I have a question about how to partition my SSD in the new ultrabook i received. Please help me out so i can get started as soon as possible. (sorry for bad English).
My situation right now; Win8.1 UEFI boot, Kali Linux only bootable when I change settings in bios to legacy.
256gb splitted in a few recovery partitions, boot partition, win8, swap and kali Linux (ext4) partitionn. a
My plan is to install 4 operating systems; Win7, Win8.1, Ubuntu, and Kali Linux(debian). I want to be able to start up any one of the operating systems with one bootloader, either grub or maybe some alternative bootloader (rEFInd bootloader? someone told me thats good for this kind of situations)
My strategy is to first format the SSD and start from scratch. I will set my bios to "legacy first" since there is no legacy only option. After that I I will first install Win7, after that Win 8.1 (Will it install as non-uefi when I have bios set to legacy first? I hope so..) When win8.1 is installed, i will install either Kali Linux firs(debian) or Ubuntu first, and after that I will install the other one, so I will end up with; Win7 Win8, Kali and 8.1.
My questions; what kind of partition scheme do you guys recommend? (I mean about the primary/extended/active kind of thing. I dont really know what all these terms mean, and I want to do everything right the first time around. I think I will use gparted to set up my partitioning. The partition sizes are as follow;
Win7: 40gb NTFS Win8: 60gb NTFS Kali: Linux: 25gbext4? Ubuntu: 25gb ext4? DATA partition: 100gb. This partition will be used by Win7 and Win8, so i guess it will be NTFS, right? I can store data from my Linux partitions as well to this disk, correct? Or is it not advised to store Linux data to a drive used by windows?
are there any extra partitions that I am missing? Boot partition, for windows maybe? what about swap, I got 8gb of ram, and will not use hibernation, so is it recommended? or not really necessary?
What would you guys recommend me to do? How should i let Gparted partition my ssd before installing everything? please be as detailed as possible. Is the order I will install my OS's in correct?
Will the uefi windows 8.1 thing be any problem? remember; I have brand new laptop, with uefi enabled, and only "legacy first boot" option, in bios, and I want to be able to load all 4 OS's from one bootloader, without going into BIOS. (I have 8gb ram, so I dont know if I really need a swap partition?
Well, I think these are all questions I can think of right now, I hope your answers will be enough to start as soon as possible. I have already made a backup of the laptop as is, so now its just waiting for your information before I can go on!
Thank you for participating in this great community. it has learned me allot already!