rhodry wrote:Seeing as you are starting with a 'virgin' drive, I would suggest the following option for you to think about:
1. primary ext4 partition labeled / = 20Gb - put whole of linux install here (no separate /home)
2.primary partition labeled /swap = 3Gb - plenty big enough for hibernation etc.
3. balance of drive as extended partition within which:
4. logical ext4 partition of 20Gb left blank at this stage
5. balance of extended partition (about 200Gb) as ext4 logical partition labeled /data.
the blank spare partition is connected to using /data instead of separate /home. It is there if you want to add another distro to try (Mint version or not).
You then just share the data partition with your other Linux and all files can be made readily available with various forms of mounting and sharing. In /data you put your folders like music, images, etc. Then you can have each user under each distro access them with soft links in their individual /home folder.
If this all seems too much by all means go with simpler advice earlier. I don't always explain stuff as well as I would like. I just like to encourage new users to use a separate /data folder rather than separate /home folder because it gives you SO much more flexibility down the track for the price of a little extension of understanding at the start.
I am setting up a new 320GB HD and was thinking I'd set up a separate partition for both /home and /data.
Is there really anything wrong with having both?
I'm thinking that way I can do a reinstall if I need to down the road and my /data will not be affected and also by having the /home the config. computer setting files will not be affected either?
Is there anything special to get the computer to save the documents, files, etc. to /data instead of it going to /home? (In the past it has saved stuff to /home but I've never had a /data partition so I don't know how to make that the default place to save stuff...)
Also, I plan to learn and mess around a bit with VirtualBox and I understand it uses /home for something but not sure.
If this is reasonable idea then about what size should /home be? 30-40GB ?