[ubuntu-za] Partition Advice Please

Hannes Coetzee scorpking at eshowecompcentre.co.za
Mon Sep 29 21:39:28 BST 2008

I would suggest:

Partition 1 for Windows (ntfs - whatever space you need)
Partition 2 for / (ext3 for Linux root - about 5GB should do depending 
what you install later on. 10GB would be good if you can)
Partition 3 for swap (1GB should be enough)
Partition 4 for /home (ext3)

Putting the /home partition last makes it easy to transfer your current 
setup to a bigger disk should you decide to upgrade in the future.


vincent wrote:
> Could someone please give me some advice on partitioning my HDD?
> I've got an 80GB Drive & am running a duel boot system - XP Pro & 8.04.
> I want to re-install Hardy & create A separate partition for my Home
> directory.
> When I originally installed Hardy I used the first option, allowing
> linux to lead me through the process, this created Home in root.
> Due to problems with Hardy, I want to re-install, but don't want to lose
> any upgrades I've installed.
> Hence my wanting to create a separate Home partition.
> At present my system is as follows:
> sdal1-ntfs-21.70GB
> sda2 -Extended 52.83GB
> sda5 -ext3 51.48GB
> sda6 -Linux Swap 1.35GB
> I propose to change the set-up to the following suggested by Karl Larsen
> on another thread, with some changes.
> sdal1- ntfs-3Gb
> sda2 - Extended -58GB
> sda3 - Home - 12GB
> sda5 -ext3  5GB
> sda6 -Linux Swap -2GB
> Does this make sense?
> My concern is, will I lose data on sdal1 if I make this partition
> smaller as proposed? - On the face of it, a silly question, but being a
> beginner here, I need your advice - My thinking is, that if I make the 
> partition smaller, it will just make the available space for XP less & 
> not destroy any data. Am I wrong, or will I need to reload XP as well?
> Regards
> Vince

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