What to do with free space partition.

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worstdayever
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What to do with free space partition.

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When I first installed mint on my macbook a few years ago I read that when partitioning, I should leave the free space as an unallocated partition and take from it when my /home runs low. Does this still hold true in any way?

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Re: What to do with free space partition.

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Re: What to do with free space partition.

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worstdayever wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 1:51 pm
When I first installed mint on my macbook a few years ago I read that when partitioning, I should leave the free space as an unallocated partition and take from it when my /home runs low. Does this still hold true in any way?
Was never true. Why leave unallocated space? Use it, that's why you got it...
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Re: What to do with free space partition.

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NAME   MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sda      8:0    0 233.8G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0   190M  0 part /boot/efi
├─sda2   8:2    0  18.6G  0 part /
├─sda3   8:3    0   5.6G  0 part [SWAP]
└─sda4   8:4    0    28G  0 part /home

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/dev/sda1: UUID="3DC8-B477" TYPE="vfat" PARTUUID="7f55c8df-46b3-4ffb-88a8-bed6ff1b7954"
/dev/sda2: UUID="f6d736bd-e078-4678-8997-6b320f256f4f" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="038467b7-cd45-4f20-9c33-7ba6a60d9b9e"
/dev/sda3: UUID="ff787998-cdcd-410a-ab8f-9defb01947c4" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="6b18feb6-08f0-47fa-b664-da3d2dd834ed"
/dev/sda4: UUID="0abbd6d9-0089-45f8-b77a-5f0edc8f2b28" TYPE="ext4" PARTUUID="cd95d7bc-16b6-4441-b6b0-26bec7cc24a3"
I think the idea was security based. Keeping all data to smaller partitions that can be deleted/secured easier than if data was spread across the drive.

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Re: What to do with free space partition.

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worstdayever wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:56 pm
I think the idea was security based. Keeping all data to smaller partitions that can be deleted/secured easier than if data was spread across the drive.
If the data is in one or multiple partitions, it's still spread across the drive. The only reason to reserve empty space at the the and of a hard disk is drive for sophisticated HDD controllers that use the space for spare blocks; this is called over-provisioning and isn't seen on regular PCs with HDDs. For SSDs, it's different. SSDs nowadays do support over-provisioning and it is recommended to keep a few GB empty at the end of of a SSD.

Other than for aligning partitions on a drive (either SSD or HDD), there is absolutely no other sane reason to leave empty space at the end of the drive to keep extending a partition as its usage grows. In fact, it's counter-productive because every extension increases the risk of lost data.
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Re: What to do with free space partition.

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While transitioning from the Windows world to Linux, I partitioned the HDD with some free space in between the Linux partition and the Windows one, so I could add space to whichever one filled up first.

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