[ubuntu-uk] Home partitions do I need one?

Graham Smith myotisone at gmail.com
Sun Jun 14 12:23:24 BST 2009


> In theory unless something goes completely wrong you should be able to
> upgrade online as each new release is made available but I'd say a
> separate home partition is a good thing.

Yes, I like the principle

 > Having a separate home partition also means
> that you could format your root partition as ext4 for extra performance
> and keep your home partition as ext3 if you wished.

Or even NTFS I assume to make it easy for a dual boot Windows

> I generally allocate about 20 to 40GB for root depending on the size of
> the drive.  On my desktop I used to use 40GB (it was a 750GB drive) and
> on my laptop with a 250GB drive I tend to allocate 20GB for root (mainly
> because I also have Vista installed on it which I give about 60GB) but
> really I think 15GB would probably be plenty.

Thanks, useful to know.

> As far as the swap partition goes (you'd have to create this manually
> too if you do a manual partitioning), if you want to use Hibernate then
> you'd need to allocate a partition at least (if not slightly larger to
> be safe) to match the size of your system memory.  So for instance if
> you have 2GB on your PC, allocate at least 2GB swap (or maybe something
> like 2.2GB).  I found when I got to 4GB though that it was easier just
> to shut the machine down and boot it up as it was quicker than
> hibernate.  Now on my laptop with 4GB memory I have about a 600MB swap
> partition.

Thanks again, these sorts of decsions are always difficult to meake
without some experience.


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