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I seen this in another thread when searching for answers I could understand:
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Originally Posted by GriZzlEnLS View Post
When doing advanced setup for partitions you need to create 3 partitions.
-First using I believe its call EXT 4 which will be labeled "/" Which is your home directory (dedicate all almost space to this)
Then the next two steps are on my preference so can change these values if needed.
-Secondly, create another Partition called "/root" with EXT4 formatting I will 1gb of space (works for me you may use less or more)
-Third, Create another partition formatting to "Swap" I also use 1GB for this.

this is how I set it up. The values may not be the best but it seems to work for me. I hope I was able to help.

I did the first 2 partitions but on the third it says I can only have 4 primary partitions. It looks like this:

Partition - File System - Label -Size - Used - Unused - Flags

/dev/sda1 - ntfs - System Reserved - 100MiB - 33.59 - 66.41 - Boot
/dev/sda2 - ntfs - - 436GiB - 85.36 - 350.51 - ""
NewPart...1 - ext4 - / - 27.29GiB - "" - "" - ""
NewPart...2 - ext4 - /root - 1GiB - "" - "" - ""
Unalloca... - Unalloc... - "" - 1GiB - "" - "" - ""

Should I have some as Extended Partitions? Which ones?

(I was doing this because of the "Root File System" error)

"" = Blank

Note: I'm using the GParted partition editor By booting from DVD
Edited by GAZ_MAN_432 - 2/26/11 at 4:15am
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You only need 2 partitions, you CAN do 3 but that's additional.

All you "need" as far as getting full function is / and swap, but swap has to be the same as your ram so you get hibernation and stuff (I think?). I just do:

/ - EXT4 15-20G
swap - swap 512MB (optional, old habit)
/home - EXT4 ~G (optional, good habit!)

That should be everything you need. Use Grub2 for EXT4.

[edit] I lied, you only need /
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you will want swap to be before / and or any other linux partitions, it is preferable if it is the first partition on the harddrive (but it doesn't need to be, if you have windows already installed, no need to go fussing about with partition orders.)

you want / and /home to be seperated not / and /root, this gives you no advantages in reinstalling, cause you will wipe out your /home partition, and that is where all your personal files and configurations are stored, if you dont' want to loose all of that if you ever need to reinstall, it is advisable to create a schema like this:

swap = min 256 megabytes, maxium =ram.
/ = 10 to 20 gigs (ext4, ext3 if you want to stay tried and true.)
/home = rest of the space (ext4, ext3 if you want to stay tried and true.)
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I do:

/boot
swap
/
/home

I've started doing /boot as a separate partition to keep fragmentation down as well as have it at the beginning of the drive.
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i have my / on one 36gb raptor, my /home is on a 320gb wd and i have a swap about the size of my ram. This way, as transhour said, you can blow away your OS and reload and never touch your /home (documents, email folders etc.)
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