I'm planning to dual-boot Vista and Ubuntu. I have about 70 GB of unallocated space where I plan to install Ubuntu.
I'm currently planning how I'm going to partition this 70 GB of space. Here are some things I would be interested in:
- In the future, I would like to try other Linux distributions, and perhaps even have more than one installed at the same time.
- I would like an easy way to share data between Vista and Ubuntu.
- Based on a couple bad experiences in the past, I want my personal files to be stored on a partition separate from the main installation (in case an upgrade goes wrong like it did last time). I hope it would make it easier to do a fresh install but keep all my data.
Based on a little research, I would not only want to have a separate /home partition, but also a separate /data partition (to satisfy interest #1). As I understand it, the idea is that you have a separate /home partition for every distro you have installed, and just one /data partition that is shared between all distros.
I've performed the Ubuntu installation several times in the past, so I'm not too afraid of using the partitioner and actually setting this up. However, I do have some questions about how partitions work and how I should make use of this particular partitioning scheme:
1. If all of my files will be stored on the /data partition, then I understand that I should make it pretty large. However, how much space should I leave for a typical /home partition? Other than storing config files for each individual distro, are /home partitions used for anything else in this scenario?
2. Suppose I have several distros installed, each with their own /home partition. Will each distro know which /home partition it is supposed to use? Are partitions distinguished by something other than the name of their mount point?
3. Again, suppose I have several distros installed. Besides each distro having its own /home partition, does it also have its own root partition?
4. I had trouble finding this on google: how much space does Hardy Heron require?
5. Is it preferable to use up all the available space right now and shrink it when I install other distros? Or should I leave space unallocated?
6. How would I go about making the /data partition accessible from Ubuntu?
7. I want to be able to easily share data between Vista and Linux. I was thinking about setting up a /share partition, formatted as FAT. But then there's the ext2 IFS driver from www.fs-driver.org, which makes ext3 accessible from Windows. Would you recommend I make the shareable FAT partition, or is there basically no need for it? Which is better?
I'll appreciate any advice whatsoever. Thank you in advance for the help!