[ubuntu-uk] Installing Ubuntu to dual-boot (partition sizes)

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Fri Aug 31 18:43:09 BST 2007

On Fri, Aug 31, 2007 at 06:25:13PM +0100, Mark Harrison wrote:
> I've only ever installed Ubuntu as the only O/S on PCs before, but I do 
> need the laptop to be able to run Windows Media Centre from time to 
> time, so dual-boot is the way to go.
> I have an 80Gb HDD, with 40+Gb free at the moment... so in principle 
> could re-partition down, to give, say, 20Gb to Ubuntu, and leave 20 
> still free for Windows.
> Some of the files are at the "wrong end" of the disk, though, so I don't 
> have a big block of contiguous space free.

The Feisty installer should be able to do this resize job regardless of
contiguity: ntfsresize is clever enough to be able to relocate data as

(Obviously make backups of anything valuable first, as you would for any
major invasive exercise like installing an OS.)

> Oh - and in an ideal world, I'd like to set things up so the local email 
> store (Thunderbird) was on some kind of drive that could be read/written 
> reliably by EITHER O/S .... is this viable, or am I going to need to 
> keep two copies of my "Offline IMAP" ?

A FAT32 partition should be fine for now. In the future (Ubuntu 7.10 and
on) we should be able to support writing to NTFS as well.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

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