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Old 14th January 2012, 04:09 PM
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UEFI. F16 & Win7 on single HDD

Hi. I need an advice on partitioning. I'd like to have F16 and Win7 on single HDD. First I installed Win7 and the HDD layout looked like this (GPT):

100MiB - EFI System Parition (ESP)
128Mib - MFS (some Win7 system partition)
930GiB (rest of the disk) - NTFS partition

I looked at http://william.shallum.net/random-no...uefi-dual-boot but some steps seems useless tome. Now I'm shrinking the NTFS partition to 731GiB and moving it to the right. Next I'll delete ESP and move MFS to the right in front of NTFS partition. Then I install F16 to the beginning of the disk and layout should look like this:

200MiB - EFI System Parition (ESP)
100MiB - ext4 on /boot
192GiB - encrypted btrfs on /
8GiB - encrypted swap
128Mib - MFS (some Win7 system partition)
730GiB (rest of the disk) - NTFS partition

then in F16 I'll copy contents of old ESP (from Win7) to new ESP (created by F16). Is it OK? Do you sense any problems? Will I be able to select Win7 bootloader from UEFI boot menu?

I'll probably have to repair Win7 but that's ok (I have original DVD).

Thank you.

EDIT: I'll repair Win7 before installing F16.

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Old 14th January 2012, 04:47 PM
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Re: UEFI. F16 & Win7 on single HDD

Hmm might be more preferable disk layout, but what do you think of:
Code:
# 0: 1000 TB Disk
# 1:  100 mb ESP
# 2:  512 mb /boot [vfat,ntfs,ext2,3,4]
# 3:  730 gb C: NTFS
# 4:  128 mb MFS [vfat,ntfs]
# 5:    8 gb SWAP
# 6:   20 gb  / BTRFS
# 7:  170 gb /home (encrypted btrfs)
I have no experience with UEFI, is it required to copy content among OS' ?
But IF, i'd say yes, in that order.

EDIT:
Is there a reason you increase the size of ESP? Is all that space used?
100 mb for /boot might be a little short, even for one OS.
Just in case you play around with diffrent distros, you might need a bit more. 512 should suffice for up to 3 diffrent linux.

Differing /home with your sensible data from the root might increase system stability, while keeping it savety where its needed.
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Old 14th January 2012, 06:16 PM
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Re: UEFI. F16 & Win7 on single HDD

Quote:
Originally Posted by sea View Post
Hmm might be more preferable disk layout, but what do you think of:
Code:
# 0: 1000 TB Disk
# 1:  100 mb ESP
# 2:  512 mb /boot [vfat,ntfs,ext2,3,4]
# 3:  730 gb C: NTFS
# 4:  128 mb MFS [vfat,ntfs]
# 5:    8 gb SWAP
# 6:   20 gb  / BTRFS
# 7:  170 gb /home (encrypted btrfs)
I have no experience with UEFI, is it required to copy content among OS' ?
But IF, i'd say yes, in that order.
[...]
According to the F16 installation guide - that config WILL NOT WORK for a UEFI system.
The F16 installation guide is here ...
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/...tions-x86.html

Among problems w/ the abov, For F16 and a UEFI system you have to create an ext3 /boot partition manually, btrfs is only supported if you install from the DVD, not from a liveCD, and you have to pre-confgiure it manally.

Btrfs in F16 is still experimental and the trivial fsck available for it will not actually fix any errors. So use of btrfs is strictly experimental.

The story for btrfs may change in F17, but it's NOT SMART if you care about the data content. I strongly suggest that maddaemon read the installation guide and then choose ext4 file systems, and an ext3 /boot. There is a tool already to convert an ext4 into a btrfs file system in-place. So converting later when btrfs is supported should not be an issue.

Should be
Code:
# 6:   0.5GB  /boot  ext3
# 7:   20 gb  /   ext4
# 8:  170 gb /home (encrypted ext4)
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