I’m sick like a dog, and I’m heading to bed in couple of minutes. So instead of posting a lengthy rant or something funny, constructive or informative, I decided to take the lazy way out and ask you, the readers, a question.
How do you partition your hard drive?’
Travis asked me a question about it today, and it got me thinking. Do you usually go with the default partitioning recommended by your system (ie. a single big partition for Windows, and the common / + swap setup for Linux) or do you carefully define your own partitions?
Currently the Kubuntu install on my laptop has the default root + swap setup. There’s also a small NTFS partition on it with Windows 2000. I booted into that partition exactly twice. The first time was right after installation. The second time was after I installed Kubuntu – to verify that GRUB has the correct entry for Windows.
My destkop is also a dual boot. Since I use it for gaming, and I never really shut it down it’s booted into Windows 99% of the time. The ancient Mandrake install haven’t worked for about 2 years now. Around that time I upgraded my graphics card I never bothered to change the X config .
The primary drive has a 70 GB NTFS partition which hosts the system files, a 20 GB data partition (NTFS), 10 GB ext3 partition for root, 18 GB ext3 partition for /home and little under 2 GB for swap. The second hard drive is a one big 160 GB NTFS partition where I store all my data, downloads and shit. I also have a 270 GB external LaCie which is dedicated for backups of the windows partitions.
Yes, it’s a mess but it kinda grew organically. Each partition on the primary drive has been resized at least twice. :P
So, windows people – do you usually split your drive into system and data partitions or do you stay with the default setup? If you do define a data partition, do you usually hack registry to move the Documents an Settings or at least My Documents to the data partition?
Linux and unix users – do you usually put /var and /home on separate partitions? How about /tmp and /usr? I always seem to have a hard time figuring out how big to make the /var partition. What do you usually do?
Let me know.
[tags]partitioning, disk partitioning, partition, /var, /tmp, /home, swap[/tags]