I want to dual boot 64Stu with UbuStu - Partitioning ?

  • sonictwin
Posted: Thu, 08/14/2008 - 16:38
Hi guys and .. well.. (is there any girls here?) I want to dual boot 64Studio with Ubuntu Studio. I want them to share a /home partition. I will be using different account names for each distro that way all my config files are used by each distro respectively. Should I use Ext2 or ext3? The real question is it okay to mix and match, for instance make /boot and /home both ext2 and then make my / for ubuntu and 64studio ext3? I think I'm edging towards going all ext2 as I could access this if I decide to put XP on a partition. How much swap space should i allocate? i have 4gb ram, is 8gb going overboard? Should I partition using Gpartlive Live CD or using the 64Studio installer? Gparted is confusing me ATM On which distro should I use 32bit and 64bit? I'm thinking going 64bit with 64Studio and 32bit for ubuntu... Anyone have any say on which distro has better support for either arch?? I have a core2duo... Most importantly I want to use Wineasio and run VSTs ... My partition table should like ? PRIMARY /boot /sda1 ext2 PRIMARY /home /sda2 ext2 /home EXTENDED Logical- / /sdb1 - 64studio root 25gb? Logical- / /sbd2 -ubuntu root 25gb? PRIMARY /swap /sdb3 swap 8gb EXTENDED Logical /windows /sdc1 ntfs 15gb Is 2GB large enough for the boot dir? how much room should i give to 64 studio and ubuntu studio? should i install them as logical on the same extended partiton or make primarys for each? Do I have to worry about windows corrupting anything if i install it after these are both installed? Windows will overwite grub in the mbr, but i know its possible to change that after, right? Does making /boot the first partition on the hd conflict with this? Sorry about all the questions! I sound like a n00b! I've always used the 'Use Entire Hard Disk' for my Linux installations. :)

Yesss :]

  • sonictwin
  • 07/18/08
  • Sun, 08/17/2008 - 13:58
I got it working perfectly I installed 64studio first, then Windows, and then ubuntu. Ubuntu grub found all three OSs. Nice ! sda1 /boot sda2 64studio sda3 ntfs windowsXP sda4 extended sda5 ubuntu sda6 /home sda7 swap Thanks Havoc and skullnotions. Ubuntu and 64studio share /home (different usernames) Might you tell me how I set up sharing on /home i suppose i might do $ sudo chmod 777 /home/ryan then add links in my ubuntu home dir? thats not very secure though..... Again, thanks to everyone involved in 64studio, Ryan

Example Partition Layout

  • skullnotions
  • 09/29/07
  • Sat, 08/16/2008 - 16:36
Hi, This livecd will help you find out more about your system. The live disk logs in root=root is great for mounting partitions/repairing damaged files. If you are going to use it to re-arrange partitions or re-format them, make sure you turn swap "off" first. Livecd as root: # swapoff /dev/sda? (? = your swap partition). ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/mepis/released Here is an example disk sda1* ntfs...win_xp sda2 ext3...64studio sda3 extended sda4 swap sda5 ext3..Audio sda6 ext3...JackLab sda7 ext3...UbuntuStudio sda8 ext3..Data All distros access sda5/sda8 If you want win_xp. Install it first. 64studio is installed last. (grub to mbr)* Check out your own partition layout, as root: # fdisk -l Cheers, dave

a bit clearer now

  • Havoc
  • 06/07/08
  • Sat, 08/16/2008 - 11:21
I tought you had 3 discs because you mentioned sda, sdb and sdc. Under linux that means 3 hard discs. You want quite a lot. But there is no need to put /boot on a separate partition. It is neater, but not a must. What I would try (no guaratee it will work: sda1 primary /boot (shared, but let only distro1 really use it) sda2 primary /root(distro1) sda3 primary /windows sda4 extended sda5 "logical" /root distro2 (put /boot on the root partition as a directory and copy the needed stuff to /boot manually. also have it install grub in /boot of distro 2. This means you'll have to do some manual work to get distro2 booting because you'll have to copy the images but it won't overwrite anything) sda6 swap make home partitions as you like. Anyone with more experience wanting to chip in?

My HD

  • sonictwin
  • 07/18/08
  • Sat, 08/16/2008 - 10:58
I am using one hard drive, with many partitions. I need at least five / 64studio root /home swap / ubustudio root windows xp the question is what partitions should be inside the extended partition? all of the linux partitions maybe? do the root partitions have to be on a primary partition? partitioning make my head hurt. i think i may be getting the hang of it though.

Thanks Havoc

  • sonictwin
  • 07/18/08
  • Sat, 08/16/2008 - 10:59
I went ahead and partitioned with GParted I did it as follows Extended Partitions { /sda5 /boot 2gb /sda6 / 64studio root /sda7 /home 100gb /sda8 swap } primary /sda2 / ubuntu root /sda3 ntfs windows xp First I installed 64Studio, Then Ubuntu Studio and i think Ubuntu Studio wiped out my /boot partition; I did not get back into 64studio after this. I then tried installing Windows XP (bad idea)and it kept stalling at 33 minutes left at detect devices. My PC is rejecting windows :) ::shrug:: The more I think about it I want to triple boot 64Studio UbuntuStudio and WindozeXP. I have since repartitioned again, using 64studio installer. This time Ive only made 3 partitions /dev/sda1 / 30gb ext3 (64studio root) /dev/sda2 /home 150gb ext2 /dev/sda3 swap 4gb This time 64studio and ubustu will not share a /boot partition. I think it will be better this way; at least I feel safer :D *Can you really only have four partitions on your HD? I know about Extended partitions, but 64studio or ubuntustudio didnt give me option to create an extended partition during setup. Windows needs to be on a primary partition. I'm already using up 3, which means I now have to choose between UbuntuStudio or Windows for the fourth partition. Or maybe resize/move some partitions around with the Gparted live cd i suppose. It already looks like I'm going to have to format yet again. Before I do that I need to go learn how to reload grub. I want to get this right! Any links on this will be much appreciated. *To those who dual/triple boots, can you post your menu.lst ? Thanks to everyone involved here. After using 64studio I realize I can't work without it!

toughts

  • Havoc
  • 06/07/08
  • Thu, 08/14/2008 - 18:15
You are going to use 3 hard discs from what I understand of it. Correct? Size: 8GB for /swap is a bit overboard I think, 4GB would be plenty. Likewise 2GB for /boot is more than plenty. There isn't much more than bootimages in there and those are a few MB at most each. Mine now is populated with 38MB after 3 years and 9 bootable kernels. Partioning should be done with the tool you find most convenient so you feel confident. It doesn't make a difference to the result. /boot is best as first partition, some distros don't like it otherwise. Filesystems can be whatever you want, you can set each partition to whatever you like. So it is ok to use ext2 for /boot and ext3 for others. I run it also that way only I use Reiserfs instead of ext3. I have no idea if you can access ext2 from windows (at least not out of the box). If it is really needed to have easy access from both windows and linux, then fat32 would be the best bet. 64 vs 32: I don't see any reason for 32bit, unless the vst stuff might dictate it. I never use vst so ask around or search. Windows will wipe grub on the mrb. You can restore that but you'll have to look how. Or you can use the windows bootloader. I have no idea if windows will like it to be on the third disk. Check before you try.