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    Talking Triple Boot

    I apologize if this is repeated or anything but I've googled and browsed this forum without finding a similar case.
    I have a 320 GB HD and I'll be formatting it completely.
    I have my 32 bit opensuse 11.1 Dvd.
    I have my 32 bit Vista business Dvd.
    I'll be getting my 64 bit windows server Dvd in a few months I just wanna make the partition and leave it empty for now

    As I said I'll be starting clean and wipe out my entire hard-drive.

    So how many partitions should i give opensuse ?

    what sizes do you suggest (I install a lot of things (and i do mean A LOT),and i have 4GBs of ram)?

    what file system should a shared partition use (between linux and windows) (i assume whatever i put there would show up in both systems, and even if the format is unusable it still can be moved and copied)?

    I think my steps should be something like this (what are your thoughts?):
    1:format entire Hard disk into desired partitions using a a bootable CD (what should I use?)
    2:install vista, update vista(SP2 won't update if you miss with boot manager)
    3:install opensuse
    4:later on install windows server 2008 then fix opensuse's grub


    so in what order should the partitions be (i don't understand this whole extended partition stuff)?


    sorry for the long post

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    Default Re: Triple Boot

    Take your time and read this, then read it again
    All About Grub - openSUSE

    IMO, you would be best served by getting another HD. It's less complicated for inexperienced users. Dedicate one HD to windows and the other to SUSE.
    It's possible with one HD, but grub is tricky, especially now Vista and W7 won't install service packs with grub.
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    You only need four partitions, at most. one for Vista, one for OpenSUSE
    data (/) and another for swap, finally a last one for your other windows
    environment. I believe, but do not know, you can even go without a swap
    partition but have not tried it and it is not usually recommended (I've
    never seen it recommended). swap can be handled via swap files as well as
    swap partitions.

    Anyway while you can have an extended partition I do not see a reason to
    do so necessarily since you can have four primary partitions.

    Good luck.





    Saif-m wrote:
    > I apologize if this is repeated or anything but I've googled and browsed
    > this forum without finding a similar case.
    > I have a 320 GB HD and I'll be formatting it completely.
    > I have my 32 bit opensuse 11.1 Dvd.
    > I have my 32 bit Vista business Dvd.
    > I'll be getting my 64 bit windows server Dvd in a few months I just
    > wanna make the partition and leave it empty for now
    >
    > As I said I'll be starting clean and wipe out my entire hard-drive.
    >
    > So how many partitions should i give opensuse ?
    >
    > what sizes do you suggest (I install a lot of things (and i do mean A
    > LOT),and i have 4GBs of ram)?
    >
    > what file system should a shared partition use (between linux and
    > windows) (i assume whatever i put there would show up in both systems,
    > and even if the format is unusable it still can be moved and copied)?
    >
    > I think my steps should be something like this (what are your
    > thoughts?):
    > 1:format entire Hard disk into desired partitions using a a bootable CD
    > (what should I use?)
    > 2:install vista, update vista(SP2 won't update if you miss with boot
    > manager)
    > 3:install opensuse
    > 4:later on install windows server 2008 then fix opensuse's grub
    >
    >
    > so in what order should the partitions be (i don't understand this
    > whole extended partition stuff)?
    >
    >
    > sorry for the long post
    >
    >

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    thanks for the quick replies
    but you didn't really answer my questions

    so opensuse will need 2 partitions but i'll need 5 partitions
    (i need a partition that can be read and written to by both systems unless opensuse can read/write safely to vista ntfs system partition)

    @caf4926
    I can't have a second HD since it's a laptop
    and I didn't understand the all about GRUB page

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    Sure I did. OpenSUSE can read/write NTFS. Google for 'opensuse ntfs'
    (without quotes) and the first hit is for you.

    Good luck.





    Saif-m wrote:
    > thanks for the quick replies
    > but you didn't really answer my questions
    >
    > so opensuse will need 2 partitions but i'll need 5 partitions
    > (i need a partition that can be read and written to by both systems
    > unless opensuse can read/write safely to vista ntfs system partition)
    >
    > @caf4926
    > I can't have a second HD since it's a laptop
    > and I didn't understand the all about GRUB page
    >
    >

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    I would decide in advance how much for the two windows installs and how much for Suse.

    And I couldn't help it, I'd set space for a spare partition as number 3 partition. I always do a "just in case" extra partition. With 320GB of space, you can afford the luxury and one day you'll appreciate the flexibility.

    Suse needs only maybe 20Gb all up -- but of course you'd give it much more, maybe 30 Gb min from what you say, for the root, and 4Gb for swap, then a big bit for home storage of data, media, and so on.

    Once you've decided that, maybe install first the first windows. Then from inside the first windows, with it running, make the partition you will reserve for the second windows and the spare partition, just as a placeholder (which you can format to whatever you want later, maybe Linux storage, Maybe Fedora, whatever).

    Then I'd install openSUSE in the spare end space, letting it have it's head and let it suggest a partitioning setup to you, and adjusting that to the pre-decided values before you click to "make it happen" during the installation.
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    alright
    then i'll download gparted
    make bootable cd
    partition the the HD into a 90 GB primary for vista
    a 90 gb primary for windows server
    a 96 gb primary for media and other data
    a 44 gb extended for opensuse which will have 2 logical partitions 40 gb for system and 4 gb for swap

    any problems with that setup

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    Its all your choice.
    Now it also depends, which OS you are using mostly.
    I would partition it like this.

    50 GB for vista
    50 GB for Windozz Server
    46 GB for openSUSE (/)
    4 GB for swap
    And the rest for multimedia/documents/backup. And which will be mounted in Linux, not windozzz, because i use Linux all the time.

    You can also create /home with 50GB. If you want.
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    +1 for the idea of a separate home partition.
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    Default Re: Triple Boot

    Quote Originally Posted by swerdna View Post
    +1 for the idea of a separate home partition.
    agreed -Same here +1
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