Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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I see that the minimum disk size for Mint is 6GB with 20GB recommended. If I use an external drive for my data files, how long would it take before that 20GB is maxed out from software installs (generally, of course -- I realize it depends on how much software is installed, but would it fill up quickly like Windows?). Also, if I have 8GB RAM, is it really recommended that I have a separate 12GB partition just for that, with the minimum for the OS being only 6GB? I have reinstalled Windows on my internal SSD because I couldn't get networking to work properly with Mint (and I really need that functionality) -- but I'd still like to dual-boot with Linux. But with the SSD I do have limited space.

Thanks for any insights!

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Re: Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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Here's how much disk space is used for full installs of Mint (sda1), Debian 8 and Xbuntu, including .deb files from updates (usually close to 1G of those...)

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df
/dev/sda1       20030100  5150576  13839000  28% /
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/dev/sda7      241773248 39141472 190327276  18% /mnt/DATA
/dev/sda2       20029680  4695916  14293260  25% /mnt/DEBI
/dev/sda3       20029308  3667604  15321220  20% /mnt/UBUN
IOW, about 25% of 20G, each. All include /home directory; non-OS data is on DATA partition.
Also, if I have 8GB RAM, is it really recommended that I have a separate 12GB partition just for that, with the minimum for the OS being only 6GB?
Only if you want to hibernate. I have 4G mem and don't use a swap partition most of the time, or have one that's a few hundred Meg (< 1G).
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Re: Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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Excellent, thank you!

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Re: Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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crboone wrote:I see that the minimum disk size for Mint is 6GB with 20GB recommended. If I use an external drive for my data files, how long would it take before that 20GB is maxed out from software installs (generally, of course -- I realize it depends on how much software is installed, but would it fill up quickly like Windows?).
I'm running LM17C64. This is what my HD partitions looks like >>>
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My / partition contains the entire installation (except for /boot which is ~140 MB). My /home folder is 17.3 GB so the rest of the installation is ~6GB
crboone wrote:...Also, if I have 8GB RAM, is it really recommended that I have a separate 12GB partition just for that...
Are you talking about a swap partition??? If so, you only need a swap partition a little larger than your RAM space IFF you want or need to hibernate. Otherwise, a 1 GB swap should be fine with 8GB of RAM...
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Re: Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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So the issue is really how much I store in /home (including Dropbox). That makes sense.

Yes, I was wondering about the swap partition. I won't need hibernate so I'm glad 1G is enough. I didn't see that distinction previously that the 1.5x recommended RAM was for hibernation. Sounds like I could just create a 24 G install with a 1 G swap and be good to go.

Thanks Reorx.

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Re: Partition Sizes for Mint 17 Installation

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crboone wrote:...Sounds like I could just create a 24 G install with a 1 G swap and be good to go.
Yep!
crboone wrote:Thanks Reorx.
You're welcome... Enjoy the Mint! :mrgreen:

P.S.: If you are installing on a desktop, you can put the OS on SDA (your SSD) and create a data partition on a second internal drive (SDB) - if you have the skill set to install an additional set of spinning platters, you can do it for very low cost... :mrgreen:
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