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    How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    I am reinstalling Ubuntu after trashing it yesterday for Arch that I can't get to work(yes I gave up already). I did like that it set up different partitions for /, /home, /swap, and /temp which I liked. So I was wondering how I divide up the space on my 76 GB hard drive? Also I have 512 MB of Ram.

    Thank-you very much,
    Nicol Bolas

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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    I usually dont bother with the /temp partition. I do it something like this.

    swap = double the amount of RAM = 1 GB
    / = 6 GB I err on the side of caution since I hate having to go and repartition things. Currently I am using half of that and I have a fair amount of crap installed.
    /home = everything that is left = 69 GB
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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by tamoneya View Post
    i usually dont bother with the /temp partition. I do it something like this.

    Swap = double the amount of ram = 1 gb
    / = 6 gb i err on the side of caution since i hate having to go and repartition things. Currently i am using half of that and i have a fair amount of crap installed.
    /home = everything that is left = 69 gb
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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    swap = double the amount of RAM = 1 GB
    / = 6 GB I err on the side of caution since I hate having to go and repartition things. Currently I am using half of that and I have a fair amount of crap installed.
    /home = everything that is left = 69 GB
    I would make / 8 - 10 GBs.
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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    Is this a server or a desktop? If it's a desktop, I'd have a much bigger / partition - maybe even 20Gb, because it gets large over a period of time, as you install more and more software.

    I'd also recommend using LVM, so that you can adjust the sizes of your partitions should you need to.

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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    Quote Originally Posted by pdwerryhouse View Post
    Is this a server or a desktop? If it's a desktop, I'd have a much bigger / partition - maybe even 20Gb, because it gets large over a period of time, as you install more and more software.

    I'd also recommend using LVM, so that you can adjust the sizes of your partitions should you need to.
    It is a home computer.

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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    I disagree on the 10-20 GB for / -- that just seems excessive considering a separate /home. I've got Ubuntu Studio x64 8.04 installed (everything except the graphics pkgs), and a fair amount of crap installed, but I'm only using 5.4 gb out of 6.7 gb--and that's counting the debs stored in /var/cache/apt/archives.

    You've only got limited disk space so I'd go with ~ 6-8 range max for /. (unless you're going to put just gobs of apps on it)

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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    a fresh install of ubuntu will run you 5+ gb of space, so anything 6+ is fine due to your limited hd space. and like the others said dont bother with the /temp just a waste of a partition (but ppl say the same thing about having a /boot partition, which i have) and double for swap

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    Re: How should I partition my Hard Drive?

    Well I am going with 7 GB for /
    1 GB for /swap
    and the rest for /home

    Thank-you for your help,
    Nicol Bolas

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