Re: Does Ubuntu really take up this much space?
If during the install you chose to let Ubuntu make the choices for you then it would use the whole hard drive. The actual install itself needs far less space than that. If you want, you can boot with the LiveCD and set up the partitions you want in advance using Gparted.. You can look at the Wiki here;
Originally Posted by rickyhart91
It will give some suggestions and ideas for partitioning. I like to have at least a root partition / and a separate /home partition in addition to a /swap partition. With a separate /home partition if you need to reinstall or what have you you can keep all your data and settings. You'll find all sorts of ideas for the /swap size, but what I've always done is make the size of /swap the same as my RAM, i.e. I have 4 gigs of RAM so I make a 4 gig swap partition. If you want to hibernate you'll need at least that much space.
I hope that gives you some ideas. If you need more help just post back.
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