What size does a SWAP need at a modern 500 GB SSD at a 32 bit laptop with 4 GB RAM?

Bas Roufs basroufs at gmail.com
Mon May 23 12:28:47 UTC 2016

Hello Everybody.

Ever since a few days I have this 'Solid State Drive' (SSD) in my laptop:

Samsung V-Nand SSD 850 EVO,  465.67 GiB/ 500 GB,

My laptop is a 32 bits Asus Eee PC 1025C 'Flare Series' - with a RAM memory
expanded from 2 to 4 GB.

I am wondering how best to partition this SSD and how big the SWAP
partition has to be. For the time being, I am using Kubuntu 14.04,
installed via a 'guided' install, using the entire disk. Reason of this: I
am not sure about the size a SWAP partition needs at a SSD. Some sites
advise to not use any SWAP at al. Others urge to keep using a SWAP, however
about just 2 GB instead of 6 to 8 GB at a traditional 'spinning' disk. The
guided install I have done a few days ago, delivers a SWAP of
1.99 GiB/ 2.14 GB. Is this 1.99GiB a correct size for a SWAP at the SSD in
the laptop indicated above?

Reason of this question: I want to manually partition the HDD as follows:

sda1, primary partition at /: ext4, Kubuntu 16.04, 100 GiB/ 107.37 GB.

sda2 or sda3: extended partition
+ SWAP: 1.99 GiB/ 2.14 GB?
+ sda4 or sda5 at /Kubuntu14.04, ext4: Kubuntu 14.04, 100 GiB/ 107.37 GB;
+ sda5 or sda6 at /Data, ext4: Data partition. Symlinks from there to Home
at Kubuntu 16.04 and 14.04.

Finally - is there anything else I need to take into account when
partitioning the SSD in the laptop dealt with in this message?



Bas G. Roufs

Utrecht, NL, E. BasRoufs at gmail.com; Mob. +31 6 446 835 10;
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