DataMan wrote:There are definitely 2 schools of thought on a dedicated partition for /home. As Fedorarefugee suggested, you could definitely include the /home into the main ops partition (that's the other school of thought ).
The poster indicated that he wants to expand into other distro's / versions at some point in the future. For that reason, I recommended using GParted and create the extended partition up front ( I don't think you can create extended as part of the installer partitioning capabilities??). If he goes with his 4th partition as a data partition in ext3, he's going to be faced with a significant challenge down the road if/when he wants to expand to another partition(s) for the additional ops.
Just a bit of my rationale for whatever it's worth...
mipcar wrote:Thanks for the suggestions. The other thing I was wondering, if as you know we can have a dual boot by installing Linux in an MS machine, it just gives you the option to dual boot as it sees the other O/S. Would not the same thing happen if I first put Mint on the virgin HDD, get things set up and running, then install the other distro I want to try?
shane wrote:Just a small contribution... There is this thread here started by Fred which is an invaluable resource for hard disk management. It is a lengthy read in all but Fred's initial post should put you on the right track.
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