I'm using my laptop primairily for school and webbrowsing (including several musicplayers and videoplayers) but I want to use dual boot/virtualbox for improved compatability (ms office extensions, occasionally a game (1 installed on my laptop, nothing demanding) netflix (DNS or VPN hiders, due to microsoft silverlight easier with windows)).
I want to use the latest version of ubuntu (no swap due to 8G of RAM) next to windows 8 (probally 50-50 usage ratio). The laptop that I'm using is a Dell Insperion 5521 with an I7-3537u processor 8G ram and a radeon HD 8730M.
The origin of my question is my SolidStateDrive, I use a 120g SSD drive. I dont know what is the best method for this kind of setup. Can I use dual boot safely (with proper disk partitioning) due to constantly writing and erasing a specific part of the SSD as a effect of the partitioning. Or is it recommended to make the partitions for the Operating Systems as small as possible and therefore create one big data partition used by both systems. and do i need to make another partition with unallocated space or will one big data partition with probally 40g-50g free space suffice
For school/data I use DropBox and am able to play games from external HDD
And does Virtualbox need the same partitions as a Dual boot and provide the same problems?
I hope that anybody can help me with my problem :)