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    Ideal Partitions


    I'm looking to install Debian, I'll have a 30GB SSD, 250GB HDD and 2 * 500GB HDD.

    I'm not looking to install any main partitions on the 500GBs, would the below be ok, or do I need more (or not so much) on any specific partitions.

    Also should I factor in any other partitions not mentioned:

    / DISK 1 5GB
    /boot DISK 1 1GB
    /tmp DISK 1 10GB
    /var DISK 1 1GB
    swap DISK 1 5GB
    /home DISK 2 200GB
    /usr DISK 2 50GB

    Thoughts, feedback welcomed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aSystemOverload View Post
    Also should I factor in any other partitions not mentioned:

    / DISK 1 5GB
    /boot DISK 1 1GB
    /tmp DISK 1 10GB
    /var DISK 1 1GB
    swap DISK 1 5GB
    /home DISK 2 200GB
    /usr DISK 2 50GB
    Hello

    Ideal partition size depends on what you are going to be doing with your machine. If you aren't sure why you'd need all the above partitions, and maybe more, you probably don't need all of them. The only partition required for installation is the / (root) partition. Some distros may still force a swap partition.

    I personally setup / (root), and /home partitions only, using about 10 to 20 GB for each partition. If you have lots of RAM, you might not need a swap partition, again depending on what you'll be doing with your computer. If you are sure you do need all the above partitions, the sizes on several of them do look like they could use some adjustments.
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    I'm confident I need those partitions, just not so confident about the sizes. The machine will be a general purpose / home server / dev (web/db) machine.

    Based on the above, having 2GB of RAM and my main drives being a 30GB SSD and 250GB HDD, what would sizes would you recommend I choose?

    Thnx

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    Sizes do no really matter when all Linux partitions can be resized using GParted, or Parted Magic live CD.

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    But are the sizes I mentioned above ok to start off with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aSystemOverload View Post
    / DISK 1 5GB
    /boot DISK 1 1GB
    /tmp DISK 1 10GB
    /var DISK 1 1GB
    swap DISK 1 5GB
    /home DISK 2 200GB
    /usr DISK 2 50GB
    It looks like you have plenty of space to spare, so it's better to have a bit too much than not enough.

    I'd recommend making /var bigger because log files and downloaded packages can consume lots of space at times.

    /boot partitions rarely need to be over 100 MB, but it shouldn't hurt anything to have the full gig you indicated, unless you need the spare space elsewhere.

    5GB of SWAP is probably enough.

    Maybe some of the others here will have some thoughts to share with you.
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    Hi

    I'm useing my debian as normal workstation and have the following partitions. Maybe it will help you. But as everybody before already told you: It depends on your needs.

    / - root
    /media/vdisks - virtual machines ~ 50 GB
    /media/data - data for backup ~ 50 GB
    /media/misc - not so important stuff ~ 50 GB
    swap ~ 2 GB

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