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r3dhatter 07-19-2004 01:45 PM

Partition sizes
If I just have a root, swap, and home partition. (I don't need a boot because I don't dual boot 2 versions of linux)

What would be the correct sizes for those partitions for an 80GB HD?

Here's what I have come up with:
20GB root (/)
59GB home
1GB swap

Do I even need a home partion? I won't be switching I don't even need one right? I don't want to go through resizing if my home gets full and my root is tiny or vice versa. So I could just do this:

79 GB root
1 GB swap

If I am not switching linux distros, right?

Also, how would I back up my home partition if it was too big to put on a cd?

Thanks 07-19-2004 01:59 PM

If it was my machine, I'll leave
8GB for / (root)
1GB for swaap
and 71 GB for home.

It is a good idea to leave /home in a different partition because if any trouble happen (it will happen sometimes) you don't loose your personal stuff.

r3dhatter 07-19-2004 02:33 PM

The problem with that though, is if I fill up the root with 8GB worth of programs I will have the resizing issues. I think I will just make the root one big partion with 1GB of swap.

There can't be many problems with doing that, right? Don't a lot of people do that now?

r3dhatter 07-19-2004 03:21 PM

Any suggestions? How do you partition big drives? 07-19-2004 03:35 PM

OK! It's possible to use only one partition for everything. But it's better to have a separated partition for /home.

I said "if it was my machine". In my case I have a 3,4 GB partition for / (root) and it is only 59% full.

It's related with the proposes of the computer, games, home office, server or other.

csanchisb 07-19-2004 05:48 PM

1 GB for the swap partitition??? I see there's plenty of space in a 80 GB disk, but is that really reasonable? When I installed my system I read the swap partition had to be twice as big as your RAM or even smaller if you have more than 256 MB.

r3dhatter 07-19-2004 07:50 PM

I read somewhere that swap was supposed to be twice the size of your ram. I have 512 so I just do 1 gb of swap.

r3dhatter 07-19-2004 09:50 PM

is that true still or is it different now? 07-19-2004 10:01 PM

This advice come from the time when RAM was expensive and normally people had a little in the computers. I've read that it's not necessary to have 2 times the RAM if you have 512 MB.

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