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Old 11-19-2011, 07:41 PM   #1
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Do I really need a /home partition?


I am partitioning my hard drive and I already have 2 primary partitions for Windows(1 is of course the C:\ partition and another one I dont know, but it has the label SYSTEM RESERVED and it is bootable, so I dont want to touch it). I am dual booting Slackware 13.37 and I was thinking about a 3 partition setup:
40 gigs for /home
10 gigs for /
and 8 gigs for swap.
But, if I have 4 primary partitions, 2 for windows, 2 for linux, then I cant make my 3rd partition(which is swap). So is it ok to not have a /home partition? Also, could I have / as my first partition, then swap, then /home, if I do need /home?
 
Old 11-19-2011, 07:47 PM   #2
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You don't have to have a separate partition for /home. It can be under /.

On a separate note, the fourth partition can be extended to enable the creation of more partitions, eg:

Code:
/dev/sdb1              63      979964      489951   83  Linux
/dev/sdb2   *    62916608   201406463    69244928   83  Linux
/dev/sdb3          979965    62916607    30968321+  83  Linux
/dev/sdb4       201406966   976768064   387680549+   5  Extended
/dev/sdb5       201406968   213696629     6144831   82  Linux swap
/dev/sdb6       213696693   976768064   381535686   83  Linux
 
Old 11-19-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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a separate /home partition is entirely optional, it's reccomended for ease of backup and so you can keep it after an OS upgrade, but you don't need it.

Also, 8GB swap seems overkill, I have a 2GB swap partition and have never used even 1/4th of it.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 07:54 PM   #4
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Also, 8GB swap seems overkill, I have a 2GB swap partition and have never used even 1/4th of it.
I use the unwritten rule of matching RAM. I have 4 GB of ram so I always thought I would have 8 GB or swap, what should it be?
 
Old 11-19-2011, 08:04 PM   #5
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Have a look at this explanation:
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-swap-space.html
 
Old 11-19-2011, 08:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the link, I lowered it by a couple GB
 
Old 11-19-2011, 08:21 PM   #7
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Have another question.
Should I let my NTFS partitions be visible to Linux, and should I write them to /etc/fstab?
 
Old 11-19-2011, 08:24 PM   #8
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If you've got there any data that you might want to access from Linux, then why not.
 
Old 11-19-2011, 08:30 PM   #9
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Gonna go ahead and declare this SOLVED. Thanks for your help Jenni and sycamorex. Really helped me out here.
 
  


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