Partitioning Hard Drive

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Partitioning Hard Drive

This is Step By Step Frame By Frame Instructions How To Partitioning Hard Drive for best use.

The advantages of Partitioning Hard Drive: makes your PC faster, because the hard drive reader does not need to retrieve data from the entire disk, and starts from the (Swap) sleep mode faster. Put the SWAP partition between the Root an Home partitions.

Upgrading to a new distribution of Linux or another version of the Linux Mint is more smoothly to do. Because during installation of a new Linux operating system  you can leave the (home) folders and all data, and install only the operating system in the (/) root partition.
Always is a good idea to make backup copies of important files.

 See also Edit Partitions with Gparted, Partitioning Hard Disk

This guide will show you how to partition a 40GB hard drive optimally. You can use this partition table on any Linux operating systems.

During installation When you reach the partitioning stage Installation type, select the “Something else” You can create or resize partitions yourself, or choose multiple partitions for Linux Mint. Continue.During installation When you reach the partitioning stage Installation type, select the “Something else” You can create or resize partitions yourself, or choose multiple partitions for Linux Mint. Continue.

Click on New Partition Table…Click on New Partition Table…

Info: You have selected an entire device to partition. If you go ahead with creating a new partition table on the device, then all current partitions will be removed. Note that you will be able to undo this operation later if you wish. Continue.

The application freed the disk space, select free space, click add…

First we make a Boot partition, Type for the new partition: Primary, New partition size in megabytes: 512, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Use as: Ext4 journaling file system, Mount point: /boot then click OK.

Continue, select free space, click add…

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The second section is (/) Root partition, where all maintenance folders is located. Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: Minimum size is 8 MB, but is recommended to use 10 to 20 MB if you have large enough hard drive. Use as: Ext4 journaling file system, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Mount point: / slash is root partition then click OK.The second section is (/) Root partition, where all maintenance folders is located. Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: Minimum size is 8 GB, but is recommended to use 10 to 20 GB if you have large enough hard drive. Use as: Ext4 journaling file system, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Mount point: / slash is root partition then click OK.

Continue, select free space, click add…Continue, select free space, click add…

Next section is the SWAP partition, the application makes it like an a temporary folder, where the system move data when going into sleep mode, and when you work with large image files.  Swap is a type of working memory (RAM), you should choose the Swap size depends on the computer’s hard disk size and the RAM This computer’s hard drive is 40GB and the memory 512 MB, it is recommended to make new partition swap size, yours MB (RAM) x 1 – 2 = SWAP. Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: 1000, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Use as: swap area, then click OK.Next section is the SWAP partition, the application makes it like an a temporary folder, where the system move data when going into sleep mode, and when you work with large image files.

Swap is a type of working memory (RAM), you should choose the Swap size depends on the computer’s hard disk size and the RAM
This computer’s hard drive is 40GB and the memory 512 MB, it is recommended to make new partition swap size, yours MB (RAM) x 1 – 2 = SWAP.
Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: 1000, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Use as: swap area, then click OK.

Continue, select free space, click add…Continue, select free space, click add…

Lastly section is the HOME partition, its your home directory where you store all your files.  Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: The rest of the free space, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Use as: Ext4 journaling file system, Mount point: /home then click OK.Lastly section is the HOME partition, its your home directory where you store all your files.

Type for the new partition: Logical, New partition size in megabytes: The rest of the free space, Location for the new partition: Beginning, Use as: Ext4 journaling file system, Mount point: /home then click OK.

The Partition Table is ready, Now you can continue installing the Linux Mint operating system.The Partition Table is ready, Now you can continue installing the Linux Mint operating system.

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5 comments for “Partitioning Hard Drive

  1. chris
    04/01/2012 at 16:44

    When i have two hard disks and i make all the partitions in the big one 200GB , how can I have the other one 80GB only for usage to save data?.. Like a mount point /home for the first…

    • admin
      04/01/2012 at 18:50

      Hello chris!

      You can give it a drive name like /home/username/data
      username is what you give the system when you install it.
      After the installation you will find in your home folder, a folder called Data. If the folder has a small lock, it is only for the administrator, You may need to change the owner of the folder from root to your username, Right-click the folder, Open as administrator, File-Properties, tab Permission and change the Owner: and Group: from root to your username click also Apply Permission to Enclosed Files. Now is the hard drive mounted to your home folder.

  2. darragh
    20/04/2012 at 15:02

    Im using an 80GB SSD as boot/root and i want to use the second drive as /home how do i make this happen.

    Regards
    Darragh

  3. JD Stankosky
    13/06/2012 at 4:57

    I think for your / Root partition section, the MB should be GB… ? 10-20GB, not MB.

  4. DW Slater
    06/05/2013 at 7:38

    I was in the process of adjusting the size of one of partitions when my computer froze up. Now I am unable to boot up the computer – it turns on, but nothing happens. Any suggestions?

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