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Partition scheme for Dual Boot system with SSD and HDD.

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Hey guys,

I've tried posting in more Linux oriented communities, but haven't been getting much help, mainly because I've been asking the wrong questions without doing much reading myself. I've been messing around with Linux the last few months, but I want to do a clean install and get it "right". Right now I only have Windows 7 installed on the SSD, with nearly everything being saved on the HDD (thanks to Sean's wonderful SSD optimization guide). I want a similar set up when I install a linux distro.

So far what I know is that I will need to install the root directory on the ssd, and the /home on the HDD. I've also read that /var and /temp should also be stored on the HDD, but I'm wondering if they get their own partition, or if I can place them in the same partition as the /home directory. I'm also wondering about the /boot directory... Does it get its own partition, if so on which drive and how large? I don't think I'll need a swap directory because I have 8 GB of RAM

If anyone could help me with a partition scheme considering this, and other possible optimizations I haven't mentioned that would be awesome. Please suggest a size for each partition considering I have a 128gb SSD and a 1TB HDD.

Thank you.
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I honestly don't use SSD's in my rig anymore as I didn't notice a /huge/ difference once programs got loaded into the ram. But to answer a few questions;

Yes you can make a partition on your HDD and put multiple mountpoints on it such as /home /var and /temp, all they are is directories, so you do not need separate partitions.

No the boot directory does not need it's own partition, again, just another directory like above. The only real purpose for separating it is so multiple distros can use the same boot directory/partition while dual-booting multiple linuxs so that you have one unified boot directory instead of 2 or more ( how many installs you have. )

No you likely won't need swap with 8GB of ram, I don't even use it on my laptop with 2GB of ram. tongue.gif


As for the rest of your question, the answer has already been given on multiple sites. Assuming you'll be using Ubuntu; http://askubuntu.com/questions/194457/installing-ubuntu-os-on-ssd-and-install-home-on-other-hdd
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I honestly don't use SSD's in my rig anymore as I didn't notice a /huge/ difference once programs got loaded into the ram. But to answer a few questions;

Yes you can make a partition on your HDD and put multiple mountpoints on it such as /home /var and /temp, all they are is directories, so you do not need separate partitions.

No the boot directory does not need it's own partition, again, just another directory like above. The only real purpose for separating it is so multiple distros can use the same boot directory/partition while dual-booting multiple linuxs so that you have one unified boot directory instead of 2 or more ( how many installs you have. )

No you likely won't need swap with 8GB of ram, I don't even use it on my laptop with 2GB of ram. tongue.gif


As for the rest of your question, the answer has already been given on multiple sites. Assuming you'll be using Ubuntu; http://askubuntu.com/questions/194457/installing-ubuntu-os-on-ssd-and-install-home-on-other-hdd

how then do you use hibernat/suspend (which ever one backs to disk? I use both all the time so I need more swap then ram. 8gb ram, 9gb swap
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