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Windows 8 Partitioning

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 Partitioning

    Hi,I'm a newbie in Windows 8, linux, Partition....I would like to use my new laptop with windows 8 pre-installed to the following:- Create a Dual Boot Windows 8 / Ubuntu- Create on my C drive (unique drive on my laptop): *a partition for the system *one for Windows 8 *one for Data and *last one for Ubuntu OSMy aim is :-to install VmWare on Windows 8 and run Checkpoint Splat with virtual machines to perform CCSA labs.- to install GNS3 on Ubuntu for CCNP labs but with GNS3 accessing files in the Data partitionI have a Toshiba Satellite with 750Gb and 8 Go RAM.According to you what's the best size for my partitions?Is there a better way to partition my C drive regarding my aim?Best Regards***I don't know if it's the right section, sorry for that. Feel free to move this thread in the appropriate section***

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    The Secure Boot and UEFI BIOS mess have upended the simple, mostly-automated solutions which were largely developed at Seven Forums for Win7 installation, boot, partitioning and repair issues - simplicity that helped make it the most wildly popular OS ever, one which hasn't even begun to show its age.

    Your partitioning process woudl be the same as Step 3 in Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums

    But you'll need to disable Secure Boot on a Windows 8 PC to install Linux in a Dual Boot unless it has been allowed: HTG Explains: How Windows 8′s Secure Boot Feature Works & What It Means for Linux - How-To Geek

    If it can't be installed in UEFI mode then check your BIOS settings to see if there is Compatibility Support Mode (CSM) for Dual BIOS/EFI mode so you can install Linux in normal BIOS mode to an MBR disk and Win8 will still boot.

    If not then try installing Linux in Legacy BIOS mode which may or may not allow Win8 to boot depending upon the BIOS - this is why you need a Dual mode setting. Otherwise you may need to follow the same steps as here to Bypass UEFI to Install WIn7 for both OS's.

    There is more reading here about Secure Boot to understand it better: Microsoft Secure Boot Could Ban Windows From PCs | Wired Enterprise |

    Here is more about UEFI: The 30-year-long Reign of BIOS is Over: Why UEFI W... - Input Output
    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube

    Finally, the easier part: I'd make a middle data partition to copy your User Folders or create new ones you sort your data into, backed up to the cloud or externally. Then from each OS right click the User folder to add to it's related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. Leave the corresponding empty OS drive folders in the Library so you can see if anything writes there and drag it over to data partition easier.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Secure boot: technical types spreading half-baked information

    Linux distributions are making slow progress on implementing measures to ensure that their images available for download are bootable on hardware that has secure boot turned on.

    Secure boot is a feature of the UEFI, the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, a replacement for the BIOS.

    Microsoft has implemented this feature on hardware certified for Windows 8 in a way that requires the exchange of cryptographic keys; since the company controls the key-signing authority, anyone who wants to create a bootable medium has to necessarily obtain a key from Redmond.

    Misinformation is rife about secure boot, simply because people confuse UEFI with secure boot and think that support for the former means support for the latter. Many so-called technical types are as guilty as others of spreading wrong information.

    mjg59 | Secure Boot distribution support

    “Microsoft's real aim is to kill the aftermarket in used computers that have Win 8 installed by not allowing you to install something other than Windows”
    Microsoft could just have refused to sign UEFI bootloaders. They didn't. That doesn't really fit in with what you're claiming.
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    Windows 8

    Thank you all,

    Isn't it too much 200G for Windows as i will on ly install VMWARE Workstation 9 for lab purposes and possibly a few softwares.

    VMWARE installed on Windows will require 2 GB + 1 GB per host (i will use approximatively 15 hosts).

    Checkpoint products will be installed on VMWARE that is installed in Windows :
    - disk space needed for 3 Checkpoint gateways: 3*37 GB
    - disk space needed for 2 Checkpoint gateways management servers: 2*10 GB

    On Linux I'll install GNS3 with 10 GB disk space required and a few softwares.

    I've got a Toshiba stellite computer with Windows 8 pre-installed.
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @2.5 Ghz
    RAM: 8 Go

    64 bits OS, processor x64

    See below the screenshot

    I've taken screenshot of my partition (below).

    * Don't take into account the disk 1 (E) partition

    Can u confirm that in Disk o, partitions with 450 Mo, 260 Mo and 9.48 Go are for recovery system?

    I am planning to let the recovery partition as it is and divide the TI30985500A (C) partition (688 Gb) into:

    - 200 Gb windows partition
    -100 Gb Linux partition
    -388 Gb data partition

    What do you think about this partionning regarding the informations i've provided above?

    Last edited by karfera; 24 Jan 2013 at 17:36.
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    Sounds good. I'd use Disk Mgmt to shrink C to make the partitions you describe.
    Partition or Volume - Shrink
    Partition or Volume - Create New

    Since you've got a GPT disk due to UEFI install you can have as many partitions as you want.
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    Windows 8

    Thank u very much, but what to to with data that are already in C drive (not mine but that were pre-nstalled)?
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    Windows 8

    Below you can see:

    - C drive actual content

    -Laptop partition

    All the C drive content must be in Windows 8 partition or some (if yes, what content) have to be stored on Data partition?

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