Dual Booting Windows 8.1 and Arch 64bit on E430

2014-05-02 02:52:00 +0000 - Written by Carl Burks

Running multiple OS’s on a machine you run into little problems. First you have to make sure you install both OS’s without colliding on your partitions. In my case I installed Windows first. This worked well and after I installed I was able to shrink the partition and allow space for Linux. I would not recommend dividing your hard-drive into equal parts. If you have two 500GB partitions it is really easy to wonder which one you need to format to install the next OS.  I elected to up my Windows partition to 850GB and Windows created a reserve partition of 350M leaving a generous 81 GB for Linux. After I followed the instructions on the Arch wiki for installing and I was in business. I opted not to have a swap drive.  I went for   with accessing your files stored on Windows while you are using Linux.