Yes, that would be a good option. Its a little work but here is a guide 
that I dug up which helps explain the process. For the version of linux 
to use... I would recommend Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS 
(https://www.ubuntu.com/download/alternative-downloads)



On 10/13/2016 01:25 PM, Brad Matushewski wrote:
> Would a feasible approach be to set up a dual-boot on my PC so that I can 
> boot directly into either a Windows or Linux environment?
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu 
> [mailto:freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Z K
> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:53 PM
> To: Freesurfer support list <freesurfer@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Freesurfer] recon-all exited with ERRORS
>
> I was afraid this was the case. Normally in this situation I would say set up 
> a shared folder between the host and the virtual machines. But unfortunately 
> there is a known bug in the the MNI tools shipped with freesurfer which makes 
> this an incompatible arrangement.
>
> The disk space was assigned to allow perhaps a few subjects worth of data 
> onto the virtual image, otherwise the download size would have been 
> prohibitively large. If you want to process numerous subjects the VirtualBox 
> version is insuffiecient, you will have to use the Mac or Linux version.
>
>
> On 10/13/2016 12:39 PM, Brad Matushewski wrote:
>> I would appear that the allotted hard drive space is fixed as a function of 
>> the Freesurfer installation.  There does not appear to be an option to 
>> expand allotted space either at time of installation or after the fact.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu
>> [mailto:freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Z K
>> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 11:03 AM
>> To: Freesurfer support list <freesurfer@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu>; Brad
>> Matushewski <bjmat...@uwo.ca>
>> Subject: Re: [Freesurfer] recon-all exited with ERRORS
>>
>>
>> I think its referring to the hard disk space in the virtual machine. You 
>> probably ran out which is not surprising, as the amount of free space 
>> provided with the disk image is fairly small. The fact the your host machine 
>> has 305Gb of HD on the host machine is unknown to the virtual machine.
>>
>> See if you can expand the hard disk space of the virtual machine (not sure 
>> if this is adjustable or not). Also, try setting up a shared folder between 
>> the two (this has other potential issues, but is worth trying).
>>
>> -Zeke
>>
>>
>> On 10/13/2016 10:58 AM, Brad Matushewski wrote:
>>> Thank you, Bruce for the rapid reply.  I am running Freesurfer on a 
>>> (Windows 10 based), virtual machine.  I installed / set it up according to 
>>> the directions posted here:
>>> https://surfer.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/fswiki/Installation/FreeSurferVirt
>>> u
>>> alImage
>>>
>>> ...specifically referring to the recommended memory suggestions of 4MB.  
>>> Otherwise, I saw no other options for specifying memory requirements.
>>>
>>> What is the nature of this memory error and how do I go about fixing it?  I 
>>> know that I have 305 Gb of HD.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu
>>> [mailto:freesurfer-boun...@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Bruce
>>> Fischl
>>> Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2016 9:43 AM
>>> To: Freesurfer support list <freesurfer@nmr.mgh.harvard.edu>
>>> Subject: Re: [Freesurfer] recon-all exited with ERRORS
>>>
>>> Hi Brad
>>>
>>> it looks like the recon failed as you ran out of disk space:
>>>
>>> cvarput: ncid 5: No space left on device
>>> miicv_put: MINC package entry point
>>> nu_evaluate: crashed while running mincmath (termination status=768)
>>> nu_correct: crashed while running nu_evaluate (termination
>>> status=768)
>>>
>>>
>>> as for what would have been next, that of course depends on what you
>>> want to study
>>>
>>> cheers
>>> Bruce
>>>
>>>
>>> On
>>> Thu,
>>> 13 Oct
>>> 2016, Brad Matushewski wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I just tried to run my first recon-all.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> What now?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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