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    Partitioning Advice


    I want to set up a partitioning scheme that will allow me to play around with multiple operating systems and desktop environments.

    I have 64-bit hardware and 6 GB RAM. This is a Dell Inspiron N5010 Laptop, purchased in 2011.


    Current Set-Up:

    Code:
    SIZE              PARTITION       SYSTEM        WHAT IT IS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    100 MB            /dev/sda1       fat16         Dell Utility
    14.65 GB          /dev/sda2       ntfs          Windows Recovery
    227 GB            /dev/sda3       ntfs          Windows 7 
    [224.02 GB]       /dev/sda4                     extended (container)
      >215.57 GB      /dev/sda5       ext4          / (Ubuntu Linux 10.04) 
      >1 MB                                         unallocated
      >8.45 GB        /dev/sda6       linux-swap    swap space
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Proposed New Partition Scheme:

    Code:
    SIZE              PARTITION       SYSTEM        WHAT IT IS
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    100 MB            /dev/sda1       fat16         Dell Utility
    14.65 GB          /dev/sda2       ntfs          Windows Recovery
    20 GB             /dev/sda3       ntfs          Windows 7 
    100 GB            /dev/sda4       ntfs          Windows Data Storage
    6 GB              /dev/sda5       linux-swap    Swap space 
    10 GB             /dev/sda6       ext4          / (Debian + old gnome)
    10 GB             /dev/sda7       ext4          / (Mint + Cinnamon)
    10 GB             /dev/sda8       ext4          / (Mint + Mate)
    10 GB             /dev/sda9       ext4          / (Slackware + KDE? Something.) 
    270 GB            /dev/sda10      ext4          /home 
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Questions:

    • Can they all share the same /home partition?
    • Do you think my sizes are too big or too small?
    • Also, can I go ahead and create that /home partition now and move all my data over there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliajuliad View Post
    Questions: [/B]
    • Can they all share the same /home partition?
    • Do you think my sizes are too big or too small?
    • Also, can I go ahead and create that /home partition now and move all my data over there?
    Hello and welcome!

    Yes, it is possible for multiple distros to share a /home partition but things can get messy if you aren't careful, as it is easy to muck things up because all distros aren't built to work in exactly the same way. You would need to plan it out carefully and keep a close eye on things as you go along.

    You can probably get better answers for the Windows partitions on a Windows forum, but the Linux partitions look fine. They are actually bigger than they would have to be, but if it were me, I'd probably add about another 5 GB to each of those root partitions.

    Personally, I'd wait on moving any data to /home because it would be easy to lose it with all that installing going on.

    Good luck with your multi-distro project...
    oz

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    Thanks for the advice!

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