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Good partition setup before installing?
« on: May 26, 2008, 01:16:52 pm »

I have read all I can take about partition setups for Linux,
and I am as confused as I was before I started to read about this.
I want to be able to install Linux so that when I must reinstall
Linux then as many files as possible will remain intact and only
the minimum files need to be erased when the partition are
formated during an installation.  Is the following partitioning
setup going to be acceptable for installing VectorLinux or does
anything need to be changed?


/boot   102 MB    ext3
swap    8 GB         swap        (I will eventually upgrade to 8 Gig of ram)
/            4 GB         reiserfs
/usr       42 GB       reiserfs   (I Like to load lots of software)
/home  400+ GB  resiserfs



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Re: Good partition setup before installing?
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2008, 02:08:37 pm »

Here's what you need.

/swap (8G) is alot. but go for it.
/root (I give it 10 G you will need about 3 G for install)
/home (Optional , but I like having it. Give it as much space as you think you'll need for downloading, storing files and etc.)

that's all you really need.  You don't need the /boot in Vector Linux.

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Re: Good partition setup before installing?
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2008, 07:36:09 pm »

FWIW, my $0.02 worth...
swap - only use 8Gb if you plan to hibernate to the swap partition vs. a file (for me I'd use the swap partition of 8Gb if I had 8Gb of RAM)
root - it would appear that you have ~500Gb to play with so I'd use at at least 10% (50Gb), kc1di is correct that a full install of VL won't cost you much space but if you were going to use 42 Gb for /usr then I'd put it in your root partition vs. having a separate /usr partition
home - whatever is left over; for me it's nice to be able to reload VL and have my data files ready on first use
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