Carl Burks is a software developer for a global financial institution. With over ten years experience in technology and software development for financial organizations and over twenty years of software experience, Carl Burks provides articles, musings and insight into technology issues, software development, and other selected topics.
Dual Booting Windows 8.1 and Arch 64bit on E430
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.