When I got a good deal on a 240 GB SSD, I decided to install this as yet another Linux OS to keep my OLD MS games separate from my “office work”.
Here in this image you can see I made 2 partitions on the new drive. The first partition is 50 GB for the new OS and the second is the remainder for the DOS and Windows games. Both are Extended File System 4, but you can use whatever you think is best.
When you install the new OS, many installers ask what you plan to do after detecting an existing OS. I choose “Something completely different…” option and install only the OS as the fat32 boot/efi should already exist on device sda1. Linux swap should also exist and trust me, it will find them. After setup is complete you will have a grub menu that asks you which OS to boot from with a few seconds or it decides for you.
Now with all my gaming software on the “Galaxy” partition, I won’t need to worry about reinstalling software should I need to reinstall the entire OS. This drive can run my gaming OS without interfering with business. All I did for Eve Online was move the EVE folder to the Galaxy partition. The new address is; /media/sysop/Galaxy/EVE
The media folder works well, once you set the volume to mount on boot by editing the /etc/fstab file adding the line;
UUID=d6fd3d2a-ed29-467b-b838-af325962fe4a /media/sysop/Galaxy auto auto,nofail 0 0
Your UUID will differ as it is call the universally unique identifier for good reason. You can find the UUID with Gparted application or using blkid command in the terminal.
With this setup, should I upgrade my OS or even change from Xubuntu to Manjaro, the games partition remains untouched. If you set Wine configuration up, it will even place the Wine virtual drive on the game partition as well.
Linux for the win! o7