I read Fred's threads and must admit, I so much of a rank amateur that I don't follow them.
That is why I tried to give you a simple solution -- use the entire hard drive and let Mint
make the decisions for you.
Should I do anything different if I expect most of the five profiles to all be logged on and in hibernation at the same time?
Uhhmmmm.....unfortunately it doesn't quite work that way.
Suspending a computer is like putting the computer to sleep. The computer will still be turned on and all of your work will be left open, but it will use much less power. You can wake the computer by pressing a key or clicking the mouse.
Hibernating is turning the computer off completely while saving the current state of the computer (such as keeping all of your open documents). When you turn the computer back on after hibernating, all of your work should be restored as it was before hibernation. No power is used when the computer is hibernating.
Shutting down is turning the computer off completely, without saving the current state of the computer. No power is used when the computer is shut down.
Resuming is bringing the computer out of a power saving mode and back into normal operation. You can resume the computer from being suspended by pressing a keyboard button or by clicking the mouse. You can resume from being hibernated by pressing the power button on your computer.
Your swap partition needs to be equal to, or more than your RAM to allow hibernation.
You can also add a swap file or hibernation file later on if needed.
It is possible to have a swap partition as well as a hibernation file.
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