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    Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    So I think I'm about to install arch on my netbook which has a 16GB SSD, I am just wondering what people recommend for partition setup, such as should I have a /boot partition, amount of swap (if any, I have 1GB ram), whether it is pointless or not to have a /home, etc.

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    Only reason I'm posting in the cafe is because it's not something I don't know how to do, it's just that I don't know the best way to do it, hence the need for advice.
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    Re: Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    in your case, i'd just do one large partition.

    1) you are using arch, meaning you won't be re-installing every 6 months.
    2) your /home is pretty much guaranteed to never exceed 14gb. not that large. if you do need to re-install, it wont be a big deal to copy your entire /home to somewhere else.
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    Re: Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthpigg View Post
    in your case, i'd just do one large partition.

    1) you are using arch, meaning you won't be re-installing every 6 months.
    2) your /home is pretty much guaranteed to never exceed 14gb. not that large. if you do need to re-install, it wont be a big deal to copy your entire /home to somewhere else.
    Good points. What about a swap partition, and if yes, how large should I make it?
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    Re: Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    Size of swap depends on what activities you plan to do on the netbook. If you are just browsing/programming/taking notes (which is what I use my netbook for), then having no swap should be fine. As long as you don't plan on using hibernate that is.

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    Re: Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    i have 1gb of ram and a 500mb swap on my netbook. i dont think ive ever actually used any of the swap space.

    i suppose it couldnt hurt to keep a small swap partition, just in case... but i wouldnt call it 'needed', except for those installing ubuntu-desktop or it's equivalent on other distros. which you probably wont be.

    i bet on arch you would probably be able to get away with full gnome and not have a swap.
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    Re: Preferable Partition Setup for a 16GB SSD?

    +1 for a single 16gb ext4 partition.

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