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    Best partition method for future updates?

    Hi all, I'm a relative Linux newbie, and am currently dual-booting Win7 with Xubuntu 12.10.

    However, I am aware that in 6 months time, a new version will come around which I will probably want to upgrade to. This is where my question comes in... What is the optimum partitioning method for upgrading the distro?

    Currently I have my partitions arranged thus:

    sda (120GB SSD)
    sda1: NTFS Win7 install (80GB)
    sda2: /boot (200MB)
    sda3: swap (2GB)
    sda4: / (30GB)

    sdc (500GB HDD)
    sdc1: NTFS Win games (200GB)
    sdc2: NTFS Win user area (200GB)
    sdc3: /usr (40GB)
    sdc4: /home (30GB)

    I'd be quite interested in knowing of the best arrangement for upgrading, and why. I could happily change my 30GB root partition to be extended and include /tmp and /var as separate partitions. Would this be useful, though?

    Oh, and this is for a powerful desktop rig running:

    • i5 2500k 3.3GHz CPU
    • 16GB RAM
    • Radeon HD 6870 graphics card
    • 120GB SSD
    • 500GB HDD
    • 1TB HDD (used solely for storing photographs)

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    When you upgrade, your partitions will not be changed in any way, therefore your current scheme is fine. Your /home looks small but I assume that's because your photos and documents are on the shared partition with windows.

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    When you upgrade, your partitions will not be changed in any way, therefore your current scheme is fine. Your /home looks small but I assume that's because your photos and documents are on the shared partition with windows.
    Oh wow, really? So when Xubuntu 13.04 is released, how would I upgrade to it? I thought I'd have to download the ISO and do a normal install...

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    Wondering if you've see this page? (first Google hit for "upgrade Ubuntu")

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    Wondering if you've see this page? (first Google hit for "upgrade Ubuntu")

    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/upgrade
    Ah, that answers my question nicely.

    Also, yes I will be sharing personal documents with Windows. Do I need so much space in /usr or could I reduce it safely to something smaller?

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    I have not broken out system partitions since my first install of Redhat 5 12 years ago and I was very confused about sizes. It really is more for servers and then the use of the server.

    Herman on advantages/disadvantages of separate system partitions post#3
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1410392



    My 64GB SSD has two Ubuntu system partitions including /home. But I have all data in either a NTFS shared or ext3 data partition on my rotating drive. I also have swap on the rotating drive just to have some but find I almost never use it with 4GB of RAM. The only reason my /home is 2GB in my working install is the Windows version of Picasa is still in .wine in /home. My total install with /home in my working install is about 9GB.

    Code:
    fred@fred-Precise:~$ df -h
    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sdd3        28G  8.7G   18G  34% /
    udev            2.0G  4.0K  2.0G   1% /dev
    tmpfs           791M  1.0M  790M   1% /run
    none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
    none            2.0G  128K  2.0G   1% /run/shm
    /dev/sdc2       100G   32G   68G  32% /mnt/shared
    /dev/sdc6        97G   44G   48G  48% /mnt/data
    /dev/sdd4        28G  4.4G   22G  17% /media/Quantal
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    Thanks for the advice and the link, oldfred. That makes good sense to me. I think I will just install Xubuntu to a single root partition and then place my /home drive on a second.

    I'm marking this thread as solved.

    Thanks again, snowpine and oldfred!
    Last edited by 9littlebees; November 18th, 2012 at 06:29 PM.

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    Sorry I didn't see this until now, but yes, oldfred's advice is sound, and your idea is a good one. But if you are happy with your current partitions there is certainly no need to reinstall with a different scheme.

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    Re: Best partition method for future updates?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowpine View Post
    Sorry I didn't see this until now, but yes, oldfred's advice is sound, and your idea is a good one. But if you are happy with your current partitions there is certainly no need to reinstall with a different scheme.
    Ironically, after taking on your guys great advice, I couldn't help but tinker with my partitions and in the process wiped my Windows D drive.

    I'll now be reinstalling both OSes from scratch and have raised a new thread with my proposed layout and some questions:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=12362477

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