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Old 12-09-2004, 05:57 PM   #1
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partitions sizes?


hi all

this is my first post here, I hope I find what Im looking for in a Linux support group..


ok. I have a emachine m6809 laptop. if you dont know much about them its ok, just dont laugh because its and emachine till you read up on it k

this laptop has so many great features but is also known as one of the hearder ones to load linux on. most of the distro's I have downloaded dont work.. or that is they get to a certain part of the install and stall..

anyway I have the fedora core3_x68_64. it BTW seems to work with this laptop quite well. my question is this.

I have 80GB of hard drive space. I am using about a 3rd for XP. I want to add a 10GB partition. I know i need a / , a /swap and a /home.. I want to use the partition tool that in on the fefora distro. so with 10GB what size do I make the / /home /swap partitions?

thanks
 
Old 12-09-2004, 06:26 PM   #2
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Hi rontopia, welcome to lq. Here is a guide that may help.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...icle&artid=121

good luck.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 06:55 PM   #3
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thank you so much, that is a very interesting read..

it is not quite what I need tho. that doc is telling me I whould have 5 or more partitions. I really only want 3 at this time.

so im thinking from the 10GB space that I have to work with.

/swap =2GB
/ =5GB
/home=3GB

does that sound reasonable or would any of you do it differently?

thanks again
 
Old 12-09-2004, 06:58 PM   #4
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i'd hack down that swap to 500mb max, maybe even less, 250mb would do you fine. would be a shame to lose space when you'll quite possibly benefit from a larger /home instead
 
Old 12-09-2004, 07:26 PM   #5
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I agree with acid...the rule of thumb is to have your swap be double your amount of RAM, unless you have some ungodly amount of RAM.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 07:44 PM   #6
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I have 512, and planing to install 512 more in jan of 05

if swap=512x2.. im down to 1024 for swap. you guys thing thats enough?

should I just split the other partitions 50/50? or do i really need that much home area?


thanks, I did not expect to have such a good responce or some many helpful people.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 08:58 PM   #7
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You don't even need that much RAM. If you have 512 and are planing on adding another 512, I would say that 500MB is more than enough. In fact, I seriously doubt that you'll ever use more than a few MB of it.
 
Old 12-09-2004, 09:08 PM   #8
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ok this may seem like a silly question.. but why would I need 4.5 GB for /home?


thanks for all the advice
 
Old 12-09-2004, 11:18 PM   #9
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Well, your /home is usually where you keep all your stuff (pics, movies, documents, configuration files, etc.). So, how much space you want is home is largely dependant upon how much personal stuff you'll think you want.

My home partition is 30GB, but I've also got another 100GB partition that I save stuff on, and a 60GB partition that I use for backup purposes.

I set my / partition to 7GB for programs and such.
/tmp is 700MB
/swap is 500MB.

A lot of this just boils down to personal choice and needs.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 03:02 AM   #10
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that "double your ram" rule of thumb came from when you remortgaged your house to increase your RAM... just not applicable any more.
 
Old 12-10-2004, 01:28 PM   #11
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thanks folks. you have been most helpful


I installed fedora core3_x68_64 last night. I just had 2 partitions, a / dir and a /swap dir

I will ad more partitions later.. I just wanted to see if it would work on my laptop

everything seems to be working well except for the wireless adapter.. also the fedora did see the 64 meg ati 9600 video card but, Im sure I need do some work on that as the 3D does not seem to be working properly

other then that tho.. WOW so much easer to install linux today than 4 or 6 years ago..

I will start other threads to get answers on the wireless and 3D issues

Thanks again, I' quite pleased with the how many are involved on this site.
 
  


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