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Old 09-02-2005, 01:07 PM   #1
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Help with partitioning 80 gb for new Debian install

I need some help. I want to install debian linux in a 80 gb new hdd. I've been looking arround for some partitioning help, but didnt found really good advice. I don't know how to use this 80 gb in different partitions. I dont want to make only one partition, or generate them automatically, because of my needs. Actually i,m programming and researching, and i need lots of tools and speed!!! I've got a PIV 2.4 with 512 mb RAM (in a nearby future 1gb). I was thinking something like this:

/ 3gb
/boot 200 mb
/swap 2gb
/tmp 3gb
/var 5gb

1gb Fat32 partition (to share with another winxp install in another hdd)

/usr and /home with 33gb each.

I'll install lots of programs, sometimes games, and i'll need plenty of space for personal documents....

I need advice on what to do, and if this config is good, bad, etc...

Thanks! and sorry for my english, is not my native lang.
Old 09-02-2005, 01:23 PM   #2
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I only install big distros in 10Gb partitions and the rest in 5Gb slot. Always one partition per distro and every GNU/Linux will create the necessary subdirectories. All my data are held in a huge FAT32 partition accessible by all OSs.

I have a 2Gb Swap common to all distros.

My Debian is in a 5Gb partition but a 10Gb would do no harm if you are planning some big for it. Systems other than Linux need primary partitions to reside in so all my Linux distros are in logical partitions.

I would probably have 10 Gb each for 3 primary partitions (which can be combined into 1 or 2 when I want it) for future use. Start with a 2Gb swap as logical to become hda5 and partition a 10Gb hda6 for Debian. have a 20Gb hda7 in FAT32 for data and leave the rest for the rainy day.

Suggest you to partition it using a Live CD "cfdisk" command and instruct Debian where to go during installation. A Distro can be reasonably easy to move around between disk as long as its partition number has not been altered.


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