How should I format my drive
Hi, I'm dual-booting vista and linux on my 160 gb hardrive. I want to be able to access the same files on both my linux and vista operating systems. The distro I'm running is mandriva linux 2007.1 spring. From my understanding there are certain partition types that both OSes would recognize such as fat32 or ntfs-3g. I would like to know which types allow for this and what their advantages and disadvantages are. Secondly, I want to know how big I should create my root partition? (that should be ext3, right?). In windows I understand that when you install a program certain data has to be put onto the main partition. Is linux the same way? If I install more programs would the root partition have to be bigger or can all the data be stored on my /home partition? Thirdly, I wanted to know how big I should make my swap partition. I have 2 GB of ram and play a lot of games. Many people seem to say that the standard suggestion of 2 * ram doesn't apply any more and that there are no benefits past having 1gb of swap. However, when I recently installed mandriva linux 2007.1 spring I think it automatically allocated 3gb for swap (though I'm not positive). I would think the people down at mandriva would know what they are doing. Plus, if 2gb of ram is really enough, why do some people opt to get 4gb of ram. I understand the performance increase of more ram past 2gb is very minimal right now, but isn't there some performance boost? If so shouldn't there also be a boost by creating larger swap?
I'm new to linux and appreciate your help. Without the great community I would never have switched. ;)