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Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

Posted: 05 Jan 2020 17:12
by palimmo
Hi,
I got a new laptop with w10 (preinstalled) and I would like to install soon solydk alongside in dual boot.

A few questions:

a) I have a 1 TB SSD hard disk with these following partitions:
260 MB (EFI System Partition)
952 GB (ntfs, C: for W10) with a lot of empty space
1 GB (OEM PArtition)

I will create a ext4 partition for solydk (~50GB) and a partition where I will save all my data, fotos, videos, etc.. This partition must be accessible from both systems.
Which format is nowadays the best? ntfs?

b) This laptop has 8 GB RAM.
Do I need a swap partition? How big?
Since this machine has already a lot of RAM, does a swap partition make sense only if I will use hibernation?

c) I have already tried solydk in live mode. Great.
According to System Infomarmation, are only 5,8 GB installed/available. Why? Is part of it "reserved" for VEGA GPU?

Thanks a lot!

Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

Posted: 05 Jan 2020 18:43
by ilu
Use Win10 to shrink the partition, don't use Linux. You might have problems shrinking it below 470gb. I'm curios about that.

No, ntfs is not the best format. You might encounter problems with data integrity. But since there is no ext4 driver for Win10 afaik, you can't use anything else. With Win7 I have succesfully used ext3.

You need swap for hibernation and on a laptop with that much spacce I would assign those 8gb.
According to System Infomarmation, are only 5,8 GB installed/available. Why? Is part of it "reserved" for VEGA GPU?
Are you talking about RAM? Post the terminal output of free.

Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

Posted: 06 Jan 2020 00:54
by kurotsugi
I will create a ext4 partition for solydk (~50GB) and a partition where I will save all my data, fotos, videos, etc.. This partition must be accessible from both systems.
Which format is nowadays the best? ntfs?
it's not "the best format" but probably the best solution based on your condition is, yes, ntfs. don't forget that you'll have to install ntfs-3g on the linux system

Re: Laptop: dual boot installation with Win 10

Posted: 11 Jan 2020 14:31
by palimmo
ilu wrote:
05 Jan 2020 18:43
Use Win10 to shrink the partition, don't use Linux. You might have problems shrinking it below 470gb. I'm curios about that.

No, ntfs is not the best format. You might encounter problems with data integrity. But since there is no ext4 driver for Win10 afaik, you can't use anything else. With Win7 I have succesfully used ext3.

You need swap for hibernation and on a laptop with that much spacce I would assign those 8gb.
According to System Infomarmation, are only 5,8 GB installed/available. Why? Is part of it "reserved" for VEGA GPU?
Are you talking about RAM? Post the terminal output of free.
yes, ram.
apparently is reserved (2gb) for the integrated gpu.