I'm currently using a dual boot setup on my laptop, with Windows 10 and Fedora and I'm planning to replace my HDD with an SSD for obvious reasons.

I'll make a clean installation of both OS, but I've got a doubt regarding the EFI partition: since Windows creates a 100 mb big ESP by default (if I remember correctly) and that's not enough, I've read that the best way to have a bigger EFI partition is to create it before the installation of Windows 10.

Is that right? Or is there a better way to proceed?


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Most likely, you won't need larger ESP (EFI System Partition). Windows OS loader is rather small and Fedora will most likely just install GRUB on ESP and place the rest of its boot files in /boot which will be on a separate partition anyway. Unless you're going to experiment with unusual Linux setups (like EFISTUB booting etc.), 100 MB should be sufficient.

If you want to have a larger ESP just in case, you can create one using Windows installation media before the partitioning step.

How to manually create ESP using Windows installation media

Before the partitioning step:

(Technically, you could also do this on the partitioning step and click Refresh afterwards.)

  1. Press Shift+F10 to open Command Line.
  2. Type diskpart Enter. Diskpart will take a while to launch.
  3. Type list disk Enter A list of disks will be printed. Note the number next to yours (most likely 0). Select that disk: select disk 0 Enter.
  4. Create ESP: create partition efi size=500 Enter (500 is partition size in MiB).
  5. Exit Diskpart: exit Enter.
  • Thank you very much, I'll try this! The reason I' m asking is that I had some troubles with the partition size in the past when I installed refind.
    – Lolu
    Mar 27, 2018 at 10:35
  • I'm not familiar with rEFInd, but creating a larger ESP may be a good idea if you're going to use it.
    – gronostaj
    Mar 27, 2018 at 10:56
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    I can give you a reason to have a bigger EFI with dual boot: modern linux supports upgrading firmware. I recently got an error message because the firmware update tool didn't have enough space in EFI.
    – Kriegalex
    Jun 1, 2020 at 11:36

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