Basic Partitioning Guide?

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sun Sep 9 18:31:06 UTC 2007

Michael Stanziano wrote:
> I'm about to do a full install of Ubuntu (Feisty) on a 100gig drive -
> the first time I've been able to devote a drive of this side to Ubuntu.
> So, I'm looking for some general advice for a partition scheme. 
> Nothing to complicated, just want to be able to keep my user and
> application stuff safe if i want/need to do another reinstall of the OS
> later.

Depending on the amount of software packages you intend to install, 10 GB 
to 20 GB (maybe more?)for /, 1GB for swap and the rest for /home. As an 
alternative, you might want to make 2 partitions for software (10 to 20GB 
each), while one of them is left empty for now. Then you can install the 
next version on the empty partition, test it first and do the final 
switch when everything works. 

Probably others will tell you something completely different :)


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