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    partition for data

    At the moment I am dual booting ubuntu and xubuntu. However i would like to just have one partition with Ubuntu, and then one partition where I have stuff, likke music etc.

    I need to format it somehow. Anybody who has a pointer what to do, and how to do it?


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    Re: partition for data

    I have several Ubuntu installs and shared data.

    I prefer a separate /data partition. Then you can easily share your data without having the conflict of the user settings in hidden files & folders. Works best if all installed systems are Debian based, see UID issues below.

    The actual user settings are small. My /home is 2GB with most of that as .wine with Picasa which I have not yet moved to my /data. Because /home is small I now keep it as part of / (root).
    Then I can have a fully functioning system on one drive but have data linked in from other partitions on other drives.

    Data can be shared without the possible conflicts of user settings being different in different versions. I only copy some settings from one install to the next, normally. But I have to separately back up /home and the /data partition. Also saves the error of reformating a /home partition accidentally. I never reformat my /data and just configure / for install.

    Splitting home directory discussion and details:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1811198
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1901437
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...hlight=%2Fdata
    Link is on move home but see post by bodhi.zazen on data partition #6
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=325048
    Severals posts on size of / and use of linking to data partition.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2137726
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair - Updated Mar 2015:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: partition for data

    Just root "/" 25-30GB for Linux OS and a separate DATA partitions is the way to go, IMO.
    suggested:
    25-30GB "/" Ubuntu
    25-30GB "/" Xubuntu
    2-4GB SWAP
    DATA Partition ext4 (no mountpoint)

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred
    Works best if all installed systems are Debian based, see UID issues below
    At one time I was sharing my DATA Partition between various Ubuntus, Fedora and Arch. NO ISSUES.
    Earlier it was a PITA sharing that partition with Fedora, but since they moved to default UID=1000, no issues.
    Last edited by fantab; May 8th, 2013 at 05:32 PM.
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    Re: partition for data

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    I have several Ubuntu installs and shared data. I prefer a separate /data partition. Then you can easily share your data without having the conflict of the user settings in hidden files & folders....
    Oldfred, I've been wondering about this very thing. Your information is extremely useful, thanks.
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    Re: partition for data

    Thanks lot to read and experiment with.

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