Partition question, and Help with procedures for Dual-boot Win10/Mint on a new Drive?

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  1. KaisoArt

    KaisoArt Newbie

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    Starting a new thread on this.

    I have a i7 Lenovo IdeaPad 710S.(Current Specs Below) I want to make it a Dual-boot Win/Linux machine.

    I'm starting with a NEW SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB - M.2 NVMe.

    I'm thinking I need 4 partitions. Two for Windows, OS and Win files (NTFS) and two for Linux Mint, OS and files.(EXT) Is this correct? Any hought on partition sizes? I'd also appreciate any suggestions for the formatting/install procedures, and good partition software, etc. Is most partition software capable of Windows NTFS and Linux EXT?

    Most research says to get Windows installed first, before adding Linux.

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    Graphics adapter
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    Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
    (Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256, 256 GB) Replacing with SAMSUNG 970 EVO Plus SSD 500GB
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  2. Tech Junky

    Tech Junky Notebook Deity

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    When I setup windows I allocate 100GB for OS / Programs
    Linux can read NTFS just fine if you want to make a 2nd partition for "storage"

    I'm not sure how much space you need for *nix though I have it running on a 256GB NVME in my server and it fluctuates between 30-100GB depending on which logs it's purging.

    Safe bet... 100GB/ea and the rest for file storage.

    As for setup.... I would install Windows first and let Grub pick up the boot partition when installing *nix and when everything is installed go make the "storage" partition in Windows.

    FS for *nix I use EXT3 as I've run into issues with EXT4 in the past but, that was long ago. EXT3 though is stable and happy running in a Raid 10 for my "storage" server.

    There's tons of options for different FS though if you want to make it complicated with encryption and the likes.

    I setup *nix though w/o the swap partition since it's just a waste of space w/ 16GB of RAM on board that never gets maxed out. Disabling it on both Windows / *nix saves wear & tear on the drives in the long run too. So, 100GB on "/" would be ideal and the Grub partition of 50MB works too.

    If you want to resize things later on you can do it from gdisk or windows w/ $oftware.

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