[lug] Partition sizes

Hugh Brown hugh at math.byu.edu
Sat Nov 4 11:14:49 MST 2006

Elyse M. Grasso wrote:
> Since it looks like I will be migrating to a new distro, I should probably 
>  think about resizing my partitions while I'm at it. I was in a hurry to get 
> the laptop up last spring and took SuSE's default, which turned out to be one 
> big partition. But if I may be thrashing distros for a while I want to 
> pull /home into its own partition.
> On a 100 gig hard drive where I plan to run some vmware virtual machines and 
> try different software packages, is a 60/40 split of home/other reasonable? 
> Do people generally put vmware guests in /home or in system space? 

My /home 15 gig but I'm only using about 4 of it.  I keep the larger 
data files (home movies, music) in /data which is rather large (224 gig 
allocated and 150 used).  I also keep my vmware vm's on a local 
partition that is separate.  I create each vm at about 10gig each and 
have 75 gig allocated for that.   In your case (assuming a single local 
disk), I would go ahead and put the vm's in /home and make home as large 
as possible.

At work, we do a full Redhat install and then add on some commercial 
software and that load takes up about 15 gig.  So I think 20 of your 
100gig could be put toward the system partitions and the rest toward 
/home.  If you have a separate machine to backup your data to, then the 
20g of system vs. 40g will be less important.


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