- Is there a way to identify how many GB I should allocate for the OS partition? Disk User Analyzer (on LM 19.3) shows that
/has 681.4 GB Available from 983.4 GB Total...
- Common traps when partitioning?
- Common conflicts brought by keeping a "personal files" partition?
I ordered a 500-GB SSD and it's arriving in a few days. My first ever SSD, will be installing LM 20.
After some reading and knowing that SSDs could last basically forever, I realized I need to have a separate partition for my
/homeor "data"--I don't really understand how these two are treated around here. But it might be best to just state my objective and the way I save files.
My objective: Create two main partitions: one for the OS and one for all my personal files. My only reason is that I don't want to touch the personal files whenever I clean-install a major release, or at least have that option. (Just for the record, I'm aware that personal files in a separate partition will never replace backups. I have an external backup system set up.)
How I save files: I save absolutely everything in my
/home/userdirectory. By "everything" I mean files I would back up. Most of the time I don't bother with hidden dot files, e.g.,
.thunderbird, but I recently learned that I should probably back them up, too.
I know there's a warning that partitioning is not for novices but I'm willing to bork my PC now (reasonably, to me) if it means it will make my life much easier down the road.
I just upgraded my other PC to LM 20 and I'm thinking about clean-installing there again. That I had to move personal files out and then back in was the reason I didn't like clean installs (lazy, I know, I know). Hope that's gonna end now.