I am setting up a dual boot system on my new ASUS GL551JM laptop. I want
to try and prepare things correctly before I get going. I read through
Dayfinger’s thorough posts (thank you, Dayfinger!!) and this has made a
huge difference in improving my understanding as I get started.
One of the questions I have has to do with partitioning. On this thread
he recommended erasing the entire hard disk and re-installing Windows
I am wondering if I need to do that. The partition setup on the Windows
machine shows that the ESP partition is only 100MB, and on this page
http://www.rodsbooks.com/linux-uefi/, Rod Smith recommends having an ESP
of 550MiB. He says it can be smaller if it is already there, but it
seems like 100MB might be TOO small, if you just compare it with the
recommendation of 550MiB. So if 100MB is too small, then it becomes
absolutely necessary to reinstall windows and make sure the ESP is the
right size when that is done. (at least I don’t know how to shift around
the partitions in order to free up some room).
So that is really my main question - is the 100MB ESP that Windows 8.1
set up large enough to accommodate the dual boot I want with openSUSE
Then the 2nd question I have has to do more with windows, but it is very
relevant to anyone who wants to set up a dual boot system with openSUSE.
The question is, how big a partition do I need to devote to the Windows
OS (meaning the C drive only)? I am planning to knock it down to 80GB
from where it currently is, at 372 GB. That was sufficient for my
previous laptop which had Windows 7 on it, which I almost never used.
But I am not that familiar with Windows 8 and don’t know how much the
system really needs for a basic infrequently used setup of Windows 8.
So in the opinions of the group, is 80GB sufficient?
And then my last question has to do with the size of the root partition
for 13.2. It used to be somewhat “standard” that you would set up a 20gb
root partition, and that is what I have on my 13.1 system. Is that still
considered a good number to go by, or would it be better to bump it up
to 40? This will be the first time I have used btfrs for my root
partition, so I don’t know if I should expect something different. The
hard drive is 1TB, so I have plenty of room.
Thanks in advance for your help.
Box #1: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | AMD Phenom IIX4 | 64 | 16GB
Box #2: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | AMD Athlon X3 | 64 | 4GB
Laptop: 13.1 | KDE 4.12 | Core i7-2620M | 64 | 8GB