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well im installing linux and im at the part where it's titled edit partition.

i set aside 45 GB but what should i put for "Use as:"

there are soo many choices. (choices choices, what to choose)

ext3 journaling file system
ext2 file system
reiserFS journaling file system
jFS journaling file system
xfs journaling file system
FAT16 file system
FAT32 file system
ntfs
swap area
and do not use partition
Edited by this n00b again - 6/9/08 at 7:00pm
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45 GB is huge for linux (music/movies etc not included). EXT3 is the standard for linux, but you can try one of the others if you choose. Wikipedia has some good info for a comparison between ext3, reiserfs, and xfs
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I hate to nag, but:
http://www.overclock.net/linux-unix/...ad-titles.html

Anyways - presuming you want a fairly standard setup and you want everything on one partition I would use 41gb as either EXT3 or ResiserFS for your actual install, and 4gb for your Swap partition (think the linux equivalent of the page file).

EXT3 and Reiser both have their ups and downs. Ext3 is tried and proven, and has many recovery tools and even some limited Windows drivers. Reiser is generally faster when dealing with lots of small files, and gradually becoming the de facto standard as stability has reached a very good spot. As rabingonme mentioned, Wikipedia has some surprisingly good info on the subject.
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45 GB is huge for linux (music/movies etc not included). EXT3 is the standard for linux, but you can try one of the others if you choose. Wikipedia has some good info for a comparison between ext3, reiserfs, and xfs
45gb is big? well i can downsize it. how much do you generally need for the OS install?

but let me ask this. if i put ext3 for file system and make another partition for storage, can my xp access the storage file system even if it isn't ntfs? or should i make that storage system ntfs?

thanks i will check out wiki
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45gb is big? well i can downsize it. how much do you generally need for the OS install?

but let me ask this. if i put ext3 for file system and make another partition for storage, can my xp access the storage file system even if it isn't ntfs? or should i make that storage system ntfs?

thanks i will check out wiki
For a storage partition use FAT32 - it is readable and writable by default in both Windows (all versions) and Linux.
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thanks. im still trying to figure out how much to setup for the OS install.

i've never installed it before so i don't know how much it needs, and how much i should have to install other programs and such.
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45gb is big? well i can downsize it. how much do you generally need for the OS install?

but let me ask this. if i put ext3 for file system and make another partition for storage, can my xp access the storage file system even if it isn't ntfs? or should i make that storage system ntfs?

thanks i will check out wiki
XP can natively read ntfs and fat32. You can install third party drivers for windows to read ext3

For partitioning, I would suggest a 10-15GB partition for the system (/ mount point), 4GB for swap, and the rest for a /home mount point. All of your personal data and settings will be located on the /home partition. This way, you can reinstall the system without ever losing your settings or data.
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You don't need a swap partition with 4GB of RAM. I have 2GB and never use a SWAP -- never had any problems whatsoever. SWAP is actually sorta outdated, at least in relation to higher end systems. The idea of paging or SWAP partitions was put into place when computers had like less than 1MB of RAM. It was necessary then, it's not now.

/boot
/
/home

are the partitions I use. You could add /var and /tmp if you wanted to keep those separate since they handle log files and temp files which could potentially corrupt other data if there is a problem (unlikely but possible in theory).
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XP can natively read ntfs and fat32. You can install third party drivers for windows to read ext3

For partitioning, I would suggest a 10-15GB partition for the system (/ mount point), 4GB for swap, and the rest for a /home mount point. All of your personal data and settings will be located on the /home partition. This way, you can reinstall the system without ever losing your settings or data.
Awesome. so what is the swap used for?
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You don't need a swap partition with 4GB of RAM. I have 2GB and never use a SWAP -- never had any problems whatsoever. SWAP is actually sorta outdated, at least in relation to higher end systems. The idea of paging or SWAP partitions was put into place when computers had like less than 1MB of RAM. It was necessary then, it's not now.

/boot
/
/home

are the partitions I use. You could add /var and /tmp if you wanted to keep those separate since they handle log files and temp files which could potentially corrupt other data if there is a problem (unlikely but possible in theory).
im not installing linux on my main machine.

it's going on a dell P4 2.8
640 mb ram



also what is the difference between primary and logical?
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