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Old 12-27-2010, 10:11 AM   #1
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partitions on small laptop


Okay, finally ready to install pclinuxos on 40gb rom, 1 gb ram laptop. Reading thru instructions and they call for 3 partitions. 1st = swap, 2nd = home, and 3rd = / partions. I'm thinking 1-2 gb given over to swap, 2-4 given over to / and the rest given over to home. Does this sound right or should I rethink the process?
 
Old 12-27-2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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2-4 for / is too little for long-term desktop use. I'd go with 10, especially if you want to install any games.
 
Old 12-27-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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FYI hard drive space is not the same thing as ROM (Read Only Memory).

A separate /home partition is not really required and you would be fine only having two i.e swap and /. I would also make swap 2GB if you decide to use suspend to disk mode.
 
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swap space only needs to be the size of the RAM (or even smaller with compression) if you want to hibernate.
 
Old 12-27-2010, 01:46 PM   #5
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FYI hard drive space is not the same thing as ROM (Read Only Memory).

A separate /home partition is not really required and you would be fine only having two i.e swap and /. I would also make swap 2GB if you decide to use suspend to disk mode.
yes you need. he seems new and if he wishes to use that laptop and save things on the drive then it will be a painful process when reinstalling ..

if /home is separate you already have your backup .

i say 1GB ram is enough for linux , so i would say to leave the swap partition at the end of the drive.

i think it would be best like this :

/ - root , 10GB ( if you don't plan on installing too many things in there i would even recommend 5GB for this , i personally assigned it 10GB and currently with all the stuff installed i only use 3.52GB - lol . that;s a little bit more than vista's install cd ) )

/home - 28GB

swap - 2GB (if you want hibernation , if not , you can even put only one GB or less.)

Edit :

by leaving swap at the end of the drive you get more speed for / and for /home because they would be like on the edge of the drive so they move faster , while the swap would me more in the center .
you don't need swap on that laptop . on mine i have 3 browser with like 5 tabs in each one , i have a vlc media player playing a dvd and the system monitor , and a few torrents seeding . and also windws managers , lots of them . and i'm barely using 1.1 GB .
I have only 500MB swap but 4GB ram ...
you definitely don't need the swap too much .
And you could even omit the swap and make a swapfile and then make a fstab entry so it automounts it. .. but that's ..to much .. just go with the swap partition ..

Advantages of a swapfile : you can modify it's size to fit your need without having to mess up the partitions ..

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Old 12-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #6
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IMHO with modern hardware and kernels it's pointless worrying about where to put the swap partition. It may save time reinstalling but with the OPs intended use of the laptop it may be easier with just two.
 
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yes you need. he seems new and if he wishes to use that laptop and save things on the drive then it will be a painful process when reinstalling ..

if /home is separate you already have your backup .
At first, a separate /home partition is NOT required, but comes in handy. But keep in mind, that a separate /home-partition on the same drive is in no way a backup. Keep your backups in a different place.

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swap - 2GB (if you want hibernation , if not , you can even put only one GB or less.)
With 1 GB of RAM you need only 1 GB of swap for hibernation.

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you don't need swap on that laptop .
You should alsways have a swap-partition or -file, for two reasons. At first, if you ever come in the situation that you run out of RAM (may just be because of a bug) your system will get slow, but will not crash. Second, the Linux kernel uses swap also, if it has enough spare RAM, and it is intended to do so for performance reasons.
 
  


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