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Old 01-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #1
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What is a good partioning scheme?

Hi, After dual-booting XP and playing with multiple distros, I have decided to finally remove XP from my laptop. I am going to completely wipe all partions so I am looking for recommendations for a good partioning scheme.

My current setup is:
20Gb - XP
15Gb - /
4.5Gb - /home
0.5Gb - swap

As I mentioned above, I'm going to remove all partions and start from scratch with just linux. I'd like some advice on how I should allocate my 40Gb.
Old 01-03-2006, 01:16 PM   #2
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good use of 20gig would be for /bin, where all the programs go

OR put root where /home is now and home where root is now.

Its up to you really but I'm sure folks here will have some snazzy ideas
Old 01-03-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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Since you will sooner or later upgrade your linux or change distro, maybe "my trick" will save you some trouble:
- make 2 partitions EXACTLY the same size (not one byte difference!), like 8G.
when your install is working good, go to single user mode and use dd command to copy the one partition over the other.
mount the backup, swap partitions in /etc/fstab, install backup partition in grub. now you are ready for any
software troubles that might come.
- make the larger chunk of your disk, like 23G a "data only" partition, like /export or /opt or /data.
- do have the home dirs on the OS partition, not the data partition: migration of KDE settings from one version
to another is mostly always pain. (don't know about Gnome)
better, symlink a /export/myname to /home/myname/data, and your data will survive a new distro or version.
Old 01-03-2006, 01:52 PM   #4
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Im also messing with lots of different distributions...on a 40GB drive. Here is my partitionscheme:

/boot 32MB
/Swap 1GB (got 512MB of ram)
/root 5GB
/home rest up to --> 40GB

Just my

Old 01-04-2006, 04:15 AM   #5
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10Gb - /
4.5Gb - /home
0.5Gb - swap
Rest - /mnt/storage

If you keep a separate storage partition, you can reinstall without touching the things you want to keep. The reason I do not recommend a huge /home is - if you install another system, you keep the hidden files in /home/you for your user settings that way - and that is not always a good idea. I remember odd errors, which I traced to having upgraded Gnome to a newer version with a new install while keeping the settings for the old one. I prefer to start from scratch - an empty /home/me.
My laptop partition scheme - I dual-boot Slackware 10.2 and FreeBSD 6.0:
/dev/hda1: 10 GB - /
/dev/hda2: 15 GB - FreeBSD
/dev/hda3: 512 MB - swap
/dev/hda4: 44.5 GB - /mnt/storage


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