I'm pretty sure if I shrink my HDD to leave some unallocated free space and then try to install ElementaryOS alongside my W10, it will just use that free space, and create everything it needs from there on it's own, right?

I just wan't some extra peace of mind :)

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I usually leave some unallocated space and then boot the installation usb. In there there's an option to manually edit the partitions and such so I just create a new ext4 partition and set it to / (which is the root directory).

If you have less than 8gb of ram then it's a good practice to leave 4gb or so to create a swap partition. You can do it at the same time you create your root partition.

If you don't want to mess with this, there's an option called "install elementary alongside of windows" that should do the same. However in the past I had issues with it so i'm not sure if it works now.

  • installing alongside windows worked for me
    – pxKappa
    Sep 22, 2018 at 18:05
  • great then! did you install loki or juno?
    – Maccer
    Sep 22, 2018 at 18:44
  • i went with loki
    – pxKappa
    Sep 23, 2018 at 19:03
  • Oh alright, then the issue has been solved for a while it seems.
    – Maccer
    Sep 24, 2018 at 11:04

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