Ubuntu – How should I partition the 128Gb Crucial SSD in the netbook for Ubuntu 13.04


I know this is probably a question this is asked over and over again but I'm not finding anything close to an answer that I need. I am installing Ubuntu 13.04 on my Lenovo x130e netbook . It has been a long time since I have used Ubuntu (Hardy Heron) so I'm not exactly sure on how to go about this. Here's my system specs:

CPU: AMD e450 apu dual 1.65Ghz
RAM: 8Gb DDR3 Corsair Vengence 1066mhz
SSD: Crucial M4 128Gb SSD
Vid: Radeon HD6320 384Mb

Now here's my questions:

  1. Since I am running a single SSD and have plenty of RAM, should I use a swap file? If so how large of a swap?

  2. I am going to use .ext4 filesystem but is there any specific way I should partition my drive? (1 partition for /home, another for boot, etc…)

  3. I am planning to upgrade to 13.10 when it releases, is there anything I should keep in mind until then?

I have never really used a forum before so I figured that this would be the best time to start. I have decided that I am tired of having to deal with Microsoft and want to break free of their bloated software. I have read through your forums many times before and found that this is probably the best place to begin the process of reacquainting myself with Ubuntu. Thanks for your time!

Best Answer

DON'T use a swap partition or file. Because of regular writes to swap, your SSD will wear faster. Make one big partition for / (format it to ext4,) so no separate partitions for /home/ or /boot/, because there is no need for and it will only make things more complicated. After installation, edit /etc/fstab, and change the only line (because you don't have other drives) to: UUID=x-x-x-x-x / ext4 errors=remount-ro,noatime,discard 0 1

(I own a m4 128 GB drive myself, with one partition "/" of 80 GB for Ubuntu.)

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