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I am using ubuntu on my notebook with 4Gb RAM and 300Gb HDD and my layout is:

/ - 15Gb ext4 (4.5Gb used)
/home - 280Gb ext4 (200Gb used)
/swap - 2Gb

I have recently built a PC with 8Gb RAM and a 1Tb HDD. Now I am curious as to how I should partition my HDD, so that I dual-boot (Win7 + Ubuntu). I was thinking:

boot - 200Mb 
/ - 10Gb xfs
/home - 1000Gb xfs
ntfs - 200Gb

No swap because i don't use hibernate at all. Ubuntu will be primary system, Win7 is only for a few fresh games which cannot run with Wine. The only questions:

  1. Is /boot needed?

  2. Is xfs better for /root and /home?

  3. And isn't it bad that /home is so big? If yes, should i made /usr, /var, /tmp or something else?
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I think you made a typo with the /home directory, coz 1000GB is almost equal to 1TB itself. Please correct the question if so. – Nitin Venkatesh Feb 17 '12 at 14:02
only thing I would change: make /home/ 25Gb and put the remaining Gbs in a new data partition.If you make that ext2 you can share it with windows too ;) – Rinzwind Feb 17 '12 at 14:13

For dual booting you are just better off getting a second HDD and switching the boot order in the bios when you want to use it.

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  1. xfs doesn't need a separate /boot partition, grub2 can boot off of xfs
  2. You won't find a single answer. Google it - everyone will say different. Any particular reason to use it?
  3. For dual booting it's best (IMHO) to make the biggest partition ntfs and share it by simply soft-linking the stuff you need.

    So I for example have a ntfs partition containing the folders Downloads, Movies, Music and Documents. Right-click and create link copy the link over /home/Downloads etc. works nice.

In Win 7 you can use the library function to always use those folders.

So it's

  • 10-30 GB ntfs for win 7 (OS)
  • $(therest) GB ntfs for data (biggest)
  • 10-30 GB ext4 for Ubuntu
  • (optional) one ext4 for /home (doesn't need to be big though, the data is on ntfs anyway).
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In this case it is wiser to give the larger space to Ubuntu, because he said he wants Win7 only for some games, not for documents. When answering, take details into consideration please. – RolandiXor Aug 15 '11 at 15:05
Yeah, it's just that Win 7 takes nearly 7 GB in a standard install whereas Ubuntu takes 3-4 plus less for programs aferwards (because of shared libraries). Details considered ;) – turbo Aug 16 '11 at 0:20

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