Apologies first off if this thread has been created in an inappropriate area, and if this question has been answered previously (the forum search yielded few results).
I've recently pieced together and ordered a new i7 gaming rig (hailing a single one-terabyte gigabyte hard drive) in addition to a HP DV3T laptop (hailing a three-hundred twenty gigabyte hard drive). While both systems have yet to arrive, I have made plans to install Vista, Windows Seven, and Ubuntu 9.04 on both machines (Vista and Ubuntu 9.04 on the HP DV3T at the very least). I've read tutorials on dual booting Vista and Ubuntu or Vista and Windows Seven, but have yet to find one specific to Vista, Windows Seven, and Ubuntu 9.04. I'm also very interested in establishing a central file depository that could be shared by each operating system. Simply put, I'm curious as to what would be the best procedure to install the operating systems. Does anyone have any suggestions or tips?
Windows can't read or write to ext3/ext4 partitions, so the repository would have to be on an NTFS partition.
You should be able to install the two Windows OSs in any order and then Ubuntu after it. This will mean that the GRUB bootloader will be in control, which is preferable since the Windows bootloader doesn't tango with Linux as well.
The bootloader would than look as followed, expect with both Vista and Windows Seven located under "other operating systems?"
Do you suggest creating the NTFS partition following installation of Ubuntu? How large should each partition be; 75GB for Vista, 75GB for Windows Seven, 75GB for Ubuntu, 135GB for shared depository (for the laptop)?
Yea that's what it should look like. I'd wait for someone else to respond before doing it though in case they have a better suggestion.
Partition size depends on how much software you need to install. 10GB for Ubuntu will let you install a reasonable amount of software (although not 4GB games and things ), whereas 10GB wouldn't even fit Vista on it alone.
I appreciate the helpful responses. I've never done anything like this; however, I am lucky enough to have a few buddies who are willing to assist me in the overall building of the unit and installation for both machines. Nevertheless both individuals had never triple booted, only double. I just wanted to get a basic grasp of the concepts.
It should be be an easy installation. I have Quadruple install on my xp,vista, win7, then Ubuntu 8.10. In case you encounter problem use easybcd to restore the ubuntu bootloader in case it does not come up.
So yeah, I don't know if it is too late to contribute about the file systems, but Windows can read/write Ext2/3 volumes if you use the ext2IFS (installable file system). I have used it before with no ill effect in order to share data between Linux and Windows and it worked out rather well. I have only tried it with WinXP so YMMV with vista and win7, but its an option. Just go and google ext3 IFS and you should find it.
+1 on ext2IFS. I've run it on Vista 64 and it had no issues with some very large media archives I was working on at the time. I would expect it to work fine on Win7 as the driver model is the same as Vista.