Re: Reconfigure Partitions and 12.10 Fresh Reinstall
Welcome back to Ubuntu!
You are absolutely on the right track. Here are my recommendations:
1. Backup, then backup your backup. It looks like you have W7 installed, so if you have W7 install/recovery disks, have them at hand. Partition changes are the leading cause of borked HDDs, lost data and frantic pleas for help on these forums.
2. Resize the MS partitions using MS tools. W7 throws hissy-fits having its partitions resized with Linux tools.
3. Ubuntu has recently announced that future versions will only have 9 month support, so if you are intent on using 12.10, just be aware that you are committing to a journey on the unending upgrade treadmill. By contrast, 12.04 is LTS that will be supported until 2017. Choose your version wisely.
4. Your current partition architecture along with your proposed scheme is fine. Reduce Win partition, expand Linux partition, and Ubuntu goes into the extended partition as a number of separate logical partitions.
5. Is there a reason you need a NTFS partition in sda6? It's just my personal opinion, but NTFS is a horrible file structure that needs to be defragged constantly, whereas ext 3/4 is almost maintenance-free. However, if you need this to be readable from Win, then I suppose you are stuck with it.
6. It's best to create your Ubuntu partitions first using gparted, then map your various directories to these partitions during the install. Since you are planning a fresh install, you can just destroy the current Linux partitions rather than resize them (which takes forever and is fraught with risk)
7. Create one partition of 30 GB at beginning of extended space for /
8. Create one partition of whatever you want, but at end of extended space for swap.
9. Create a third partition of all remaining space for /home.
10 [Optional] Instead of giving everything to /home, you can create an additional partition for /data to be split with /home. You can decide on proportion based on your own data needs.
That's it (in a general sense). Map out your strategy properly beforehand, take it slow and steady, and you should have no problems.
Did I mention... backup?
beaten to the punch by oldfred
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Last edited by DuckHook; March 29th, 2013 at 06:34 PM.
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Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
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Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.