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Old 09-11-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Partitioning help.

How to partition using with parted?
Hello, I know that this might seem like a stupid question, but i'll try to explain the issue.
I am installing archlinux right now, and when I got to the partitioning part I ran into a problem.
I used cfdisk, as the manual said. And when I got to the stage where I had to mount. It would not work, it seems to be due to my HDD having the GUID partition table(GPT). So I restarted the installation, and launched parted when i got to the same step again.
And I do not understand parted, it truly follows the unix philosophy ;p

Therefore, I come to ask you about how I should do this, since I am starting to get extremely frustrated with partitioning.

My HDD is a 2 TB hdd, And I am thinking about using 15 gb for root, 1 gb for swap, and the rest for /home. (are those sizes ok?)

And, sorry for not reading the manuals. I have, and I f**k'ed up.

TL;DR: Could anyone examplify how to use PARTED?
Old 09-11-2012, 02:40 PM   #2
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If you want you can boot to many of the live cd's that also have gparted. Gparted is a graphical way to create and format your partitions.

This part is only my opinion and not stock.
I don't usually create swap or other partitions. I do create a /boot on larger drives. If you need a swap later you can create it or create a swap file.

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Old 09-11-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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Gparted is a good idea... It's available as a stand alone distro for doing handyman work on HDs. Just do an internet search for Gparted distro.

As for sizes,... I'd give it 60GB for / (too big, yes,... but just in case... you might want to install something ridiculously large). double to 4 times your RAM for swap, and the rest for /home... It's not like you're going to run out of space, anytime soon, with a 2TB drive.

Make / bootable. Swap and home should probably reside on an extended partition. I'd suggest ext3 (if you're a dinosaur like me) or ext4 (for everyone else) for the partition types (don't know Arch, but all other distros I have tried are fine with Ext4 to boot from, anymore... older distros couldn't boot from Ext4, when it first came out, and needed a /boot partition).

After,you partitioned your drives, let the Arch install routine find and use them (never used Arch, but in other distros, this is done through a version of Gparted that's part of the install routine, using "custom" partitioning),... assign them to their mount points,...and you're off to the races ...


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