Partitioning question

rterry at pacific.net.au rterry at pacific.net.au
Tue Apr 10 21:57:30 UTC 2012


On Tuesday 10 April 2012 23:25:42 Guus wrote:
> On 10/04/12 14:55, Paul Kaplan wrote:
> > I have for years kept Kubuntu and Windows on the same physical drive.
> >
> > Currently for a 64-bin install:
> >
> > /dev/sda1 (WinXP) 30GB (same is probably OK for Win7 if you have MS
> > Office and 1-2 other similarly sized programs)
> > /dev/sda2 (/home) 120GB (really whatever isn't used for the other 3
> > partitions)
> > /dev/sda3 (swap) 6GB (probably should be 8GB for 4GB RAM)
> > /dev/sda4 (/) 10GB (might bump to 12GB if you want to install Gnome as
> > well as KDE, but I've never been higher than ~75% use with KDE only +
> > lots of stuff)
> >
> > This allows you to do a new install on /dev/sda4 in the future without
> > disrupting /home.
> > Paul
> 
> The thing to remember is to always keep the directories where you
> install separate from your data, so you can install without fear for data.
> Do remember to backup stuff, at least backup your configuration files in
> /etc or elsewhere, scripts (cron!), logfiles, etc.
> If you are going to change the partition layout, make sure you know or
> have printed the current layout, so you dont overwrite essential files.
> 
> Another thing is to remember that in your home directory KDE uses a
> hidden directory to store contact data etc. I once lost my contact file,
> because I thought all those hidden directories were only configuration!
> 
> P.S. please dont top post.
> 
> > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > *From: *rterry at pacific.net.au
> > *To: *"Kubuntu user technical support" <kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com>
> > *Sent: *Tuesday, April 10, 2012 7:15:56 AM
> > *Subject: *Partitioning question
> >
> > Hi List,
> >
> > Not particularly Kubuntu, but would appreciate some partitioning advice.
> >
> > I've an asus laptop with an SD 120GIG drive + 750G second drive. The
> > laptop
> > came with just Win7 on the SD drive. I installed Kubuntu 11 on the second
> > drive.  Now, I never ever boot into Windows, though for some
> > irrational reason
> > (maybe because it is a licenced copy) I'm loathe to wipe it in case "I
> > ever
> > need it".
> 
> Cannot help you there, that is your decision. Personally, I use Windows
> only for games (think Wow, battlefield).
> 
> > I wonder if it would be possible to wipe the Kubuntu partition and
> > re-install
> > a virgin Kubuntu 12, but partially on the 120Gig SD drive, to get the
> > faster
> > boot up speed, if so I'd have to manually tell the installer what
> > partitions
> > go where and what size and I'm not sure what to do during the install.
> > I'm
> > happy to shrink the 120G partition with a partion manager prior to the
> > install.
> 
> If you have a 120G disk, you could probably install all of / on that
> disk. However, if you install /boot as a separate partition on your SD
> drive, that should suffice for fast boot.
> 
> Be sure to have both / and /boot separate from your data.

Thanks, will try this /boot and / on the SDRAM drive, think I'll have room, 
and have used gParted before.

Regards

Richard

> 
> If you already have linux installed, use Partition Manager or KDE
> partition manager to change, add or delete partitions. I have done it a
> lot, but I used gparted because I was using gnome at the time. It's not
> particularly difficult, just make sure you have a restorable backup
> before you start. Usually, having a backup makes sure nothing goes
> wrong. Not having one is just asking for irreversible trouble.....
> 
> > Any basic pointers appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Richard
> 
> Kind regards, Guus Bonnema.
> 



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