Partitioning question - the outcome

rterry at rterry at
Thu Apr 12 11:04:21 UTC 2012

On Wednesday 11 April 2012 07:59:20 rterry at wrote:
> On Tuesday 10 April 2012 22:55:34 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)
> Thanks for your reply - will work along these lines.
> > This allows you to do a new install on /dev/sda4 in the future without
> >  disrupting /home. Paul
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: rterry at
> > To: "Kubuntu user technical support" <kubuntu-users at>
> > 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".
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Any basic pointers appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks in advance.
> >
> > Richard

For anyone interested this is what happened.

I shrunk the windows 7 partition and elected to put  the / partition on the 
60Gig left on the sdram drive and use the 750gig drive as /home.

Used the beta2 of Kubuntu 12 for the install

Boy, talk  about frustrating. Several attemps and each time the install froze 
when downloading packages, I think from memory on package 6 of 57 and always 
on 6%.

I made sure on a third attempt that update  on install and load proprietry 
software were not checked - same result.

In desperation I did a last install but pulled out the cable to the router so 
that the internet couldn't accessed. This resulted in a quick and painless 

I was then able to reboot, connect to the network and install almost all of 
the packages I wanted without problems.

However Muon consistantly baulked on updates telling me that  I wasn't allowed 
to update because something or other was locked (the same message one gets 
when trying to install a package from one terminal when your in the process of 
doing an install on another - forget the actually wording). Rebooting and 
doing nothing else before doing a sudo muon made no difference.

Doing an apt-get update in a terminal worked fine.

Another observation, the permissions on  /home/user/.kde where not set for the 



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