I've always wanted to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu and have some experience partitioning but have never been able to, mainly because any time I install Ubuntu from a live disk it seems to prevent me from partitioning the remainder of the hard drive later (this is standard, whatever).
However I recently had a hard drive crash and came to realize that now I have the perfect opportunity to dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu on a fresh, 1TB hard drive.
I understand questions like this have been asked before, but here I am in an ubuntu live session, trying to partition my empty 1TB hard drive to make installation easiest, and cannot seem to find a clear-cut answer for my exact situation.
Here was my plan going in:
- Create /dev/sda1, ext4, 16GB for Linux Boot
- Create /dev/sda2, ext4, 440GB, for Linux home
- Create /dev/sda3, ext4, 40GB, for linux swap
- Create /dev/sda4, ntfs, 16GB, for Windows boot
- Create /dev/sda5, ntfs, 400GB, for Windows home,
- Create /dev/sda6, ntfs, remaining GB, for Windows swap
Each partition has 0 bytes preceding it, except for the first one, which has 1 MB preceding it.
First error I hit is "you can only have at most 4 primary partitions, but you can make an extended partition which can hold other partitions". Okay... That's too confusing for me, so I decided to just get rid of the swap spaces.
Now I have 4 primary partitions, but gparted refuses to apply this to my new hard drive? I really have no idea what I'm doing. Can someone give me a quick run down, similar to the bullet points above, on what I should partition my hard drive as?
I figure, then, I'll boot into Ubuntu Live and install Ubuntu next in the specified location (e.g. /dev/sda2), and then boot into a Windows Live or whatever its called and install Windows in the specified location (e.g. /dev/sda4).