Partitioning – Recommended Drive Partitioning Schemes for Desktop and Home Server


What partitioning scheme do you recommend for a desktop? I've always created three or four primary partitions — root, swap, home, and sometimes a separate boot partition. Ubuntu's default install offers LVMs. I've never had to add additional drives or space, so it never seemed like a big deal. Whenever I do a fresh install, though, I always think there might be a better way.

Best Answer

  1. / (i.e. the root filesystem)
  2. swap
  3. /home

The biggest reason to do this is that you can do anything to your Ubuntu install and it won't affect your music/videos/whatever in your home. I especially enjoy this when a upgrade to a new Ubuntu version and the installation goes weird.

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