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Re: Installing Debian alongside Windows Vista?

On Sat,27.Jun.09, 22:57:30, Zachary Uram wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a 500GB disk which has Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
> (64bit) installed on it. Not sure if that is 1 huge partition or not.

Most probably, but the installers partitioning utility can confirm that 
for you.

> I assume it is NTFS. Can someone please tell me exactly what I must do
> to shrink the Vista install by 50% and install Debian squeeze (64bit
> AMD) on the 250GB partition that will be freed.

If you know your way with partitions it is quite easy to do it from 
within the installer with "Manual partitioning" (you might want to 
choose the GUI version).

Do make sure to backup any essential data whenever you touch the 
partition layout. 

>                                                 Also what do you
> recommend for swap size (it has 4GB ram) and just have 1 big root
> partition with everything on it or split 125GB for root / and 125GB
> for /home partitions. 
With so much RAM swap only serves as backup. 1-2 GB should be ok.

125 GB for Debian / is... a waste :) I think something like 50 GB will 
be more than enough. Leave the rest for /home because this is where all 
user data will go. Even if you manage to fill up the 50 GB, you can 
always resize /home to create /var or /usr partitions.

>                       Also how do I setup GRUB to then dual boot Vista
> and Debian? I've only used LILO as my boot manager in the past?

You don't need to worry about it. The installer will detect your Vista 
install (it will tell you so) and it will add a special boot entry in 
the grub menu.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
(Albert Einstein)

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