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so i'm going to make the switch from windows to ubuntu soon and i want to make sure everything is right. i want to make it so the /home is on a separate partition from everything else. so if i reinstall ubuntu, i know all my stuff is safe. i have only installed ubuntu before using the automatic partition settings so i don't know how to do it manually. i know i need a root, swap, and some other stuff but after that i'm lost. i appreciate the help.
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so i'm going to make the switch from windows to ubuntu soon and i want to make sure everything is right. i want to make it so the /home is on a separate partition from everything else. so if i reinstall ubuntu, i know all my stuff is safe. i have only installed ubuntu before using the automatic partition settings so i don't know how to do it manually. i know i need a root, swap, and some other stuff but after that i'm lost. i appreciate the help.
I've never done manual partitioning with Ubuntu myself either, but in other distros it went something like this:

1. Choose manual partitioning
2. Set a partition size and then assign it to / (root). Format should be ext3 or reiser, your choice.
3. Set another partition size and then assign it to /home (your home partition). Format should also be ext3 or reiser, your choice.
4. Set another partition size (small, probably 2GB or maybe 4GB) to SWAP, and make sure you set the format to SWAP

That should be it.
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so only those 3? i thought it was more but guess not. thanks a lot!
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I've never done manual partitioning with Ubuntu myself either, but in other distros it went something like this:

1. Choose manual partitioning
2. Set a partition size and then assign it to / (root). Format should be ext3 or reiser, your choice.
3. Set another partition size and then assign it to /home (your home partition). Format should also be ext3 or reiser, your choice.
4. Set another partition size (small, probably 2GB or maybe 4GB) to SWAP, and make sure you set the format to SWAP

That should be it.
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so only those 3? i thought it was more but guess not. thanks a lot!
More or less. Recently (my latest install) I decided to keep my home dir seperate to my / dir. So I know what you going through, I also starting worrying about how to do it and so forth.

But as THG has summed up, its that simple.

You choose Manual when it gets to the partitioning stage. Then it shows your partitions.
Select the partition where you want to put your home folder and click on "Edit Partition", it should bring up a dialogue that shows and whole bunch of options.
The ones we're interested it are the mounting ones. if you click the drop down list, it should show a couple of options, we want to select "/home".

Then click "Ok", then repeat the steps for the swap file and root directory, except changing the mounting folder to / for root and change the swap partition's "Use As" to swap file.
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awesome, thanks!
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awesome, thanks!
Pleasure, thats a rough reinactment of what I can remember of the installation process. Don't shoot me if its wrong.
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Pleasure, thats a rough reinactment of what I can remember of the installation process. Don't shoot me if its wrong.
no worries, that is enough to get me started. i can figure out the rest if its a little different
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