I'm in the process of buying a new laptop for my university studies in computer science and software engineering.

I'm planning to dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 because I'd like to play games and use Ubuntu for my studies. In my config, I have a 1TB (5400rpm) hard drive and a 512GB m.2 SSD.

I'd like (if possible) to have both OSs to boot on the SSD. As for the HDD, it would be used as storage.

Where it gets complicated for me is deciding how all the partitions are going to be set up! In between FAT32 and NTFS for Windows, ext4 for Linux, the home, swap and / partitions etc...

What seems to be the best option? What size should I allocate for each of them? Can I read files from the other operating system I'm currently on?


  • i5 6600
  • GTX 1060
  • 16GB RAM
  • Is Windows 10 going to use the hard drive or SSD? Also, how much RAM do you have? Please add this info to your answer.
    – user484158
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:12
  • So Windows 10 is on the hard drive?
    – user484158
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:14
  • I'd like to have them both on the SSD (if possible) (for boot) Aug 17, 2016 at 13:19

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This kind of depends on how much space you want for your Windows 10 programs, your Ubuntu programs, and your files. Windows creates two partitions, and Ubuntu can use 1-3 partitions. Here's a diagram of a good setup for you: Partition layout Leave the System Reserved partition alone. The second partition is where Windows is installed. The third partition is where Ubuntu will install and the fourth partition is where your personal files (documents or whatever) in Ubuntu will be stored. If you're not going to use more than 16 GB of RAM (you probably won't), don't make a swap partition. I recommend adjusting the sizes of these partitions to fit your needs. As for file system compatibility, Ubuntu can access NTFS partitions, but Windows needs special software to access ext4 drives.

  • So should I put my linux /home partition on the hard drive or just leave everything linux on the SSD? Aug 17, 2016 at 13:50
  • Either is fine.
    – user484158
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:51
  • Thanks man!! Would you be okay if I ask any more questions later on during the week? Aug 17, 2016 at 13:56
  • Sure. That's what this site is for.
    – user484158
    Aug 17, 2016 at 13:57
  • You say that I ont need swap, but isn't that used for hibernation? Aug 17, 2016 at 16:03

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