Re: Please recommend partitioning schemes for Linux.
- From: Stefan Patric <not@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 05:38:00 +0000 (UTC)
On Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:16:33 -0400, John wrote:
Getting a new 500gb hard drive for exclusive Linux use. I intend to load
more than one distro on the drive and will also multi-boot an additional
existing Windows(XP) drive.
Since XP will reside on its own separate hard drive: Make it the first
drive on the system, the classic C: drive, and set the boot flag for it.
(Linux doesn't required a boot flag.) Install Windows on it as you see
fit, and make it the first OS installed. Otherwise, Windows will
overwrite the Linux bootloader and you won't be able to boot into Linux.
For your 500GB drive, I'd make the first partition a Primary one, and the
swap partition for all the Linux distros to share. It's size depends on
how much RAM you have, and your RAM usage, but for your purposes 1GB is
more than sufficient. (My 4GB RAM system has a 512MB swap which rarely
gets used.) Make the rest of drive a Linux Extended Partition. Create a
single Logical Partition for each Linux distro you install. Add those
partitions as you install distros. Leave the balance of the drive
unpartitioned until needed. For testing and evaluation purposes, 40GB
for each distro will give you plenty of room. Don't have a separate
home, either shared (bad idea) among distros or multiple ones for each
distro. Just keep everything as simple as possible while you're
learning. You'll be happy you did. Linux isn't Windows. ;-)
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