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Quick note about my system: I have an absolutely clean (in terms of data on hard drives) laptop with a 128gb SSD and 1TB HDD, both secure boot and UEFI can be disabled in bios menu.

My question is really about partitions:

Basically, I want to install Windows 8 on SSD with user files on HDD, and same with Ubuntu. I think it will be a good idea to create partitions from Ubuntu Live USB using GParted before installing any of the operating systems.

Could you please advise me on partitions? I know that Windows 8 requires a NTFS partition and Ubuntu requires "/", "/boot", "/home" and "swap" partitions on ext4 but where should I place them?

My best guess is making a 30gb NTFS on SSD for Windows 8 and pointing all user folders to the HDD by editing registry, than using the rest of SSD for all 4 Ubuntu partitions as most of Ubuntu software I use is lightweight (+ I'm pretty sure I'll be able to access the HDD anyway). But I'm not sure whether such partitioning will cause problems or not.

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You can certainly put all Ubuntu partitions on the SSD. If you plan on storing a lot of files, move /home to the HDD. If you are using UEFI, then you need to use the EFI partition created by Windows as /boot. –  Nattgew Apr 10 '14 at 16:20
Makes a difference if you want UEFI (new and each new version has updates) or BIOS (Ancient, but understood). But either way I would not have aseparate /boot at all nor put swap on SSD, although that is more optional. I might just have a larger / on SSD for Ubuntu and have either data and/or /home on 1TB drive. But if using UEFI you have to partition with gpt and if using BIOS have to partition with MBR(msdos). –  oldfred Apr 10 '14 at 17:19

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