[ubuntu-uk] Partitioning Questions

Alec Wright alecjw at gmail.com
Sat May 12 09:02:59 BST 2007

On Sat, 2007-05-12 at 07:12 +0100, I C McNab wrote:
> I'm about to install Fiesty on a new 500Gb drive (to boot first in a 
> dual boot set up with XP on a 160Gb drive in same box).
> I'm going to keep things simple:  partitions for /, /home, and /swap, 
> following advice in this thread.
> But how big should I make /, given that, if I wanted to, I could give it 
> 100+Gb.  How much is 'plenty enough for all contingencies', given that 
> this is a home desktop box doing fairly routine stuff, plus acting as a 
> music server to stream FLAC files to a couple of Slim Devices 
> Squeezeboxes (hence the need for a big disc to hold the music files).
I recommend 15-20GB for / (my / is 15GB on a 250GB), 1-3GB for swap
(just to be safe... i have 3GB on my 250GB) and make the rest /home

But 20GB and 3GB are a bit excessive; you could easily get away with
10GB and 1GB (or even less!)

Heres my partition table in case you're interested, I'm dual booting
with windows:
alec at alecomp:~$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        2611    20972826    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            2612       30401   223223175    5  Extended
/dev/sda5            2612        4569    15727603+  83  Linux
/dev/sda6            4570       29627   201278353+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           30010       30401     3148708+  82  Linux swap /
alec at alecomp:~$ 

Alec Wright

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