Lije Bailey wrote:
I think you are perhaps doing too much of a planning. I decided the
following for my 60 GB hard disk:
1. About half = 30 GB for Windows, the other half for Linux.
2. As I have Windows XP with NTFS file system (to which you cannot write
from Linux), I thought a small vfat partition would be handy in order to
have a place where I can read and write from both OS.
3. /home should be on a separate partition in order to allow for scratching
the OS without scratching the user data. Yhis is particular helpful if you
(after a year or so) want to have a fresh installation of a newer Linux
version rather than upgrading.
Besides these considerations, I more or less followed SuSE's partition
proposal during installation. The result is below.
I read somewhere that swap space should be something in the range 1-2 x RAM.
You have quite a big swap space which might not be needed.
The boot-partition-close-to-the-beginning issue is really something for
ancient BIOSes and bootloaders. I have the GRUB boot loader in the Master
Boot Record, and there are no problems to start Linux which is located in a
partition with start cylinder 3832.
zorro:~ # fdisk -l
Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 6 48163+ de Dell Utility <Rescue system>
/dev/hda2 * 7 3831 30724312+ 7 HPFS/NTFS <Windows XP>
/dev/hda3 3832 7297 27840645 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA) <ext. partition>
/dev/hda5 3832 3833 16033+ 83 Linux </boot>
/dev/hda6 3834 3962 1036161 82 Linux swap <swap space>
/dev/hda7 3963 4462 4016218+ 83 Linux </>
/dev/hda8 4463 4619 1261071 83 Linux </var>
/dev/hda9 4620 7001 19133383+ 83 Linux </home>
/dev/hda10 7002 7297 2377588+ c Win95 FAT32 (LBA) <vfat>