How do I divide my hard drive into multiple OS'es/partitions for my test machine? For example:
- Win XP
- Win 7
Can Linux'es share swap area?
I was told to leave the first primary for the grub and linux cores.
I'm up to 4 OSes at this point, so I have some idea. Install Windows first, then Ubuntu, then Gentoo - Ubuntu will replace the Windows bootloader with its grub install, and add Gentoo to that rather than the 'standard' Gentoo install procedure for the bootloader.
Windows should generally be the first primary (I install XP, then 7 in the first two primaries), and linux is fine on logical partitions - in this case, I'd probably install XP, 7 and ubuntu in primaries, and gentoo and storage as logical partitions on an extended partition.
Sharing swap SHOULD be possible, but rather than having a seperate swap partition, you might want to consider having a swap file instead on one of the partitions, and share that. Also, since hibernation uses swap, avoid doing so. Else, put it in a logical partition as well.