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I want to install both Windows 8 and Linux on my PC and was was wondering what is the minimum amount of hard drive space that I will need to accomplish this. Also, are there any apparent pros/cons to this?

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Ubuntu minimum requirements: 5 GB of hard-drive space

Windows 8 minimum requirements: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) of hard-drive space

So you would need a computer with at least 1x 25GB hard drive. Of course you should probably have more if you would like to do things like install programs.

The only con to this type of setup is that you can only run on OS at a time. If you ran on OS as a host and the other in a VM (Virtual Machine) you could have them both running at the same time. A pro is that the two systems, because they don't run at the same time, also don't share memory between them. So you could potentially see a performance increase compared to running one in a VM.

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Note that if you want the bare minimum there are versions of linux that take up much less space. – ForeverWintr Jul 9 '13 at 23:01
That is correct. I was quoting from Ubuntu Desktop Edition as this is a common install. You could install server only with no GUI and only need 1GB for example. – Atari911 Jul 9 '13 at 23:05

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