I have a quick question that I ran across while trying to install Linux Mint along with Windows 8 on my computer. I'm pretty new to Linux stuff so I'm sorry if this is pretty obvious. I'm mainly looking for confirmation that my partitioning scheme will work, but also what I should do with the bootloader. I have a hard drive and an SSD, but the hard drive is just being used for storage so I won't really mention it.
As it stands, my SSD already has Windows 8 installed on an NTFS partition, as well as a 10GB swap partition and an empty ext4 partition where I plan to install Mint. I have a few questions about this setup
Will there be any problems mounting /home on an empty ext4 partition on my hard drive while mounting / on the SSD? I can't see why it would be, but I thought I might as well ask.
The Mint installer asks me which device to use for the boot loader installation. The choices on my SSD are:
- /dev/sdb (entire SSD)
- /dev/sdb1 (described as Windows 8 (loader) in menu, which is the NTFS partition with the entire Window 8 installation including bootloader)
- /dev/sdb6 (the ext4 partition where I'm installing Mint)
Right now, /dev/sdb1 is marked as my boot partition which makes sense, seeing as that's where the Windows 8 bootloader is. If I choose to install the new bootloader there, would it overwrite the Windows 8 one and mess everything up? My understanding is that Mint installs GRUB, and when you boot into that it gives you the choice of going into Mint or Windows, and if you choose Windows it just jumps over to the Windows bootloader. With this mind, I was thinking that I should just install the bootloader into /dev/sdb6, leaving the Windows partition completely alone and then set /dev/sdb6 as my boot partition. Then when I boot it will go into GRUB, and if I choose the Windows 8 bootloader it will jump over to /dev/sdb1 and start Windows normally. I really don't understand this stuff that well though, so I thought it would definitely be a good idea to ask so I don't make Windows unbootable or something. I also don't understand the choice of putting the bootloader in /dev/sdb since there is no unallocated space on the SSD or anything, so the idea of installing the bootloader across 3 partitions seems a little off to me.