Ubuntu – How to partition for Windows/Ubuntu dual boot on same SSD

14.04dual-bootpartitioningwindows 8

I have a 500GB SSD in which i would like to have both Windows and Ubuntu. My plan is to have something similar to this:
Windows 8.1 and ubuntu 14.04
Uefi boot

  • an efi partition (created by windows installer) which will have Grub as bootloader
  • 150GB ntfs for Windows
  • 15GB ext4 for Ubuntu (root)
  • 35GB ext4 for Ubuntu (home)
  • ~8-16GB swap for Ubuntu (I have 16GB RAM)
  • ~284-292GB ntfs for Data shared for both Windows and Ubuntu

My current setup is

  • 200GB ntfs Windows

  • 300GB ntfs for Data

I plan to shrink both the Windows and the data partiton in order to achieve my desired plan.

My questions:

  1. Does the order of partitions matter? Does it matter if the ubuntu partitions are not at the end/beggining of the drive? Does the swap partition behaves better if its the last/first partition?

  2. Can I use the shared NTFS Data partition between windows and ubuntu without encountering problems?

  3. Do I have enough space for my ubuntu /home partition (thinking that I'll have access to the ntfs shared partition)?

Laptop, Asus N56jr, i7, 16Gb Ram, SSD samsung 850 evo 500gb

Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 14.04

Best Answer

  • Your partitioning is reasonable.

    1. Order of partitions does not matter.

    2. Yes, you can.

    3. It depends on what you will install to Ubuntu /home partition. E.g. steam games are installed there. But generally it must be enough in most cases.