Originally Posted by scripttron75
I need more clarification in how to setup the partitions manually given my setup info. I dont want to do a automatic
I suggest that you respond to our questions and ideas so we know better how to help you.
Why do you need anything more than one partition for / + some swap space?
If you don't have a specific reason for creating lots of partitions, then don't mess with it.
How I would set this up:
Disk 1: ~15GB for Linux and apps (One partition eg EXT3 + some swap space), leave the rest empty for more distros, local backup, extra data space, etc. (Wait and see how you really need it)
Disk 2: Data partition, mounted to a folder in $HOME (ie in your personal directory).
External USB drive for backup