Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

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Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by Minto2019 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:50 am

I assume that the setup process will ask me how I want to partition my drive, whether I want to use logical partitioning and whether I want to use encryption for the drive.

Just wondering how I should do all those things.

I'll be installing Mint on a dedicate drive, which has 953GB of total space. I.e. I won't be sharing that drive with any other OS.

It's been a while since I tried installing a Linux. They usually want you to dedicate a certain amount of space to things like the Home partition etc. There's a few different partitions, which I don't remember now.

I want to make it easy to not lose my data when it comes time to upgrade to the next LTS version of Mint. I'll have video games on my drive. Possibly a lot.

So, given that, how would you recommend I divvy up the drive when it comes to the installation process? Thoughts on logical partitions? Recommendations as to what to choose and how much space to give for each partition?

I've got 16GB of RAM.

Does encrypting the drive cause any issues?

Any other things to look out for during setup? Is Timeshift easy to setup?

Thanks

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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by WharfRat » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:38 am

About the only thing I can recommend is a separate /home which will make it easier to upgrade or reinstall.

24G should be fine for the root partition and the rest for swap and /home.

If you want logical partitioning then you will have to set them up manually as the default LVM install uses the entire HDD and sets up root and swap only.

Encrypting introduces an extra level of complexity especially when attempting to recover files.

Good luck :wink:
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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by Minto2019 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:32 pm

WharfRat wrote:
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:38 am
About the only thing I can recommend is a separate /home which will make it easier to upgrade or reinstall.

24G should be fine for the root partition and the rest for swap and /home.

If you want logical partitioning then you will have to set them up manually as the default LVM install uses the entire HDD and sets up root and swap only.

Encrypting introduces an extra level of complexity especially when attempting to recover files.

Good luck :wink:
Thanks for that. For some reason I didn't get Notifications about your reply.

I might have a go at installing Mint on the weekend.

Any thoughts on logical partitioning vs the alternative? Would you recommend one or the other?

If I don't go the logical partitioning route, any thoughts on how much space to allocate to Home, Swap, Root or whatever other options there are? As I say, I'm thinking of downloading games and would want to make sure I preserve them for any LTS upgrade. You'd put games in Home, I'm guessing?

Lastly, re encryption, there would be closed threads here which solve the problem of how to recover files? I'm pretty sure I'll end up asking about that some time, ;-)

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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by WharfRat » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:55 pm

As far as swap size goes recommendations differ so it's difficult to give a straightforward answer.

The table on this page will assist you in figuring out the size. https://itsfoss.com/swap-size/

I was told that version 19 creates a swap file instead of a swap partition so whatever size you decide on for the swap add that to the / partition size.

As I said in my prior post 24G + the swap file size shoud be fine for root. The remaining for home.

If you're going to partition manually then you would be able to setup a swap partition.

If you're new to linux then I wouldn't recommend diving into LVM, however it's your choice.

As I said before the default LVM setup does not give you the ability to manually partition it so you would have to setup the physical volume(s), the volume group and logical partition from the live media first then run the installer.
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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by Minto2019 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:43 am

Some years back I made some notes on how to manually partition for LMDE and I had planned on using those notes for the latest MInt (not LMDE). However, either Mint now uses a different installer or it never had the same installer as regular Mint. Any resources for manually partitioning on Mint, because I bailed out on a manual partition because I wasn't sure how to partition manually, as "dev/sda", "dev/sda1" and "sda5" aren't obviously "root", "swap" or "home". Any ideas on how to allocate the usual number of partitions with the naming above? I.e. which kind of partition goes with the names provided when you are installing Mint?

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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by WharfRat » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:14 pm

Minto2019 wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:43 am
Any ideas on how to allocate the usual number of partitions with the naming above? I.e. which kind of partition goes with the names provided when you are installing Mint?
I'm really not understanding the question :?

If you google you'll find a lot of sites like this that explain how to do it.

I don't think that the partitioning procedure can be all that different between LMDE and Mint.

I you don't like using the installer's interface you can setup the partitions with gparted then assign the mountpoints during installation.

Beyond this I don't know what else I can tell you.
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Re: Partitioning options when installing Mint. Suggested settings?

Post by cliffcoggin » Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:23 pm

Why not take the easy route and let Linux Mint do all the partitioning and installation automatically.

Yes, Timeshift is easy to set up. (It must be if I can do it.) The default schedule of how many snapshots to keep may be considered excessive by some, but you can alter it to suit your requirements and disc space.
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