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I would like to install Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu(both x64) on a one 256 GB SSD. I need 3 partitions, 2 for systems and 1 shared(NTFS?) for data accessible by both OSes. '/root' and '/home' will be on same Ubuntu's partition, I'd like to move swap into RAM(12GB) with 'zram'.

I'd like to have the largest possible 'data' partition but wouldn't want to run out of space on the system ones.

Basic apps installed on a system partition:

  • Windows: NetBeans, Java (JDK) + optinally Eclipse, MS Office, Photoshop.
  • Ubuntu: R Studio, NetBeans.

1) What would be the optimal partitioning scheme?

I was thinking about:

  • Ubuntu 60 GB Ext4
  • Win8 90 GB NTFS
  • Data ~100GB NTFS

2) Is removing swap in my configuration a good idea?

Thanks :)

  • You don't need to allocate that size to Ubuntu. Less than 30 GB or even less than that would be enough to create a Ubuntu partition. But removing swap partition is actually not a good idea. For most cases, it should be needed. – Wolverine Jan 1 '15 at 12:32
  • I am trying to avoid creating swap on SSD as it may not be good for the drive. I may try to use zram instead. – Alan Jan 1 '15 at 13:47
  • @Alan you can instead create a swapfile in your partition. In that way, you do not need a separate partition and you have a swap space, which is important. – Ankit Singhaniya May 13 '16 at 12:23
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I would:

  • 24 GB Ubuntu System + applications: EXT4,
  • 64 GB Windows System+Applications: NTFS
  • 150 GB /home from Ubuntu and /users from Windows: NTFS

I've run like this for 6 months before deleting Windows altogether and converting NTFS to EXT4 after another couple of months.

If you have 12GB of RAM, use this formula to calculate your swap file needs.

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    Thanks for advice, I'll try that out. Maybe I'll make Linux partition a bit larger and install JDK there, while keeping Windows only for Office work and Photoshop. – Alan Jan 1 '15 at 13:44
  • My Linux partition has only 10GB allocated (out of 64GB). I wouldn't make it bigger then 24 GB... (unless you need a lot of temp file space to load huge torrents!) – Fabby Jan 1 '15 at 13:47

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