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    Thumbs up Custom Install | Partition Scheme - Dell XPS 14

    Hello friends, I have a XPS 14 (specs below) and I want to install Ubuntu 13.04 but as you can see, the notebook have mSATA + HDD, and it would be great if anyone could help me in the best way to manage the installation/partitioning of the OS.

    Gorilla Glass 1600x900 HD+
    i7 3517U
    GT 630M
    4GB DDR3 1333Mhz
    Momentus Thin (500GB)
    mSATA Samsung (32GB)
    Centrino Advanced-N 6235 + BT4.0
    [...]

    The system will be used for programming, web, texts, videos, "light" image edit, etc.

    I have in mind this scheme (Ubuntu only, I won't use Dual boot):

    / -> 8GB (mSATA)
    /usr -> 6GB (mSATA)
    /var -> 4GB (mSATA)
    /tmp -> 100MB (mSATA)
    "9917 MB free mSATA" -> What I put here?

    /home -> 500GB (HDD)
    Last edited by JCChristian; May 25th, 2013 at 10:06 PM.

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    Re: Custom Install | Partition Scheme - Dell XPS 14

    You should plan for a larger / partition. Is there a special reason for separating /, /usr, /var and /tmp. While this makes sense on a server with multiple hdd's, it doesn't make much sense on a laptop with just one hdd (except that it makes things more complicated). It seems that you are not planning to create a SWAP partition, which seems a bit strange to me.

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    Re: Custom Install | Partition Scheme - Dell XPS 14

    I read more and ended up with:

    / -> 500GB HDD

    efi -> 500MB mSATA
    /boot -> 500MB mSATA
    /tmp (tmpfs File System) -> 8GB mSATA
    /usr -> "rest" mSATA

    Is it enough to build a secure notebook for programming, image edit, web, texts, and so on?
    Last edited by JCChristian; May 26th, 2013 at 11:41 PM. Reason: update

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