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The home machine runs windows with 2x 120Gb NTFS harddrives and I have decided to turn it into a dual boot with the aim to eventually be windows free. I have everything on one drive and the second is now ready for an install, but I'm wondering about an initial setup.

I may repartition the win drive to include a FAT32 share but not at this stage. Therefore I would need a sharable partition on the Linux drive.

I was thinking of having 40Gb root, 2Gb swap (it has 1.5 physical) and the rest as either FAT32 or EXT3, depending on whether I can get the EXT3 shell extension working in windows. Does this sound reasonable? Personally I prefer reiserfs, but not if it means another partition.

It is also worth mentioning that I'll use the BIOS to manage the dual boot and not the boot loader. One reason is that I'll disconnect the windows drive during the install, the second is that I can then pull out or replace either drive at any stage. I've done this before and quite liked it.
 
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I put files for exchange on a rather small fat32-partition.
For most files needed on linux this isn't a real joy, because of the missing features (user, group, - rwx-flags).
I don't have experiences with ext2-Support on Windows (beeing a reiserfs-user for a long time).

Since I rarely boot windows, moving files to the exchange-partition isn't a big deal.
Doing this every day would be annoying.
AFAIK there are external devices, more or less being an external harddrive but acting as fileserver (samba?) or FTP-Server.

only got a german link: http://www.ipdrive.de/ipdrive35.htm
 
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So 10Gb Fat32, 2Gb swap and the rest used for the root as resierfs?
 
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That sounds at least reasonable.
2 GB swap is a lot - if you really need that much often, you will be annoyed, but if you like to use suspend to ram, it is suggested to have at least the size of ram as swap-space (which I don't understand, because if swapping is already happening, when suspend to ram is done - how can that be stored?).

Only you may tell how much space you need shared.
If in doubt, more partitions might be more easy to change later.
 
David O'Meara
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So the final config is:

2Gb swap (as you say it's large but I have less space requirements than I once had)
10Gb Fat32 '/share'
10Gb partition for messing around (currently XFS)
89Gb reiserfs as root partition

I do a fair bit of DVD creation from home videos and the old camera was raw video which is, frankly, huge. The new one does DVD encoding on the fly and the file sizes are much more manageable so I don't need to stress about disk space as much.
 
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