Ubuntu Installation :: Order Of Partitions For Root / Home And Swap With Respect To Windows Partitions?

Feb 9, 2011

I am installing Ubuntu on the same hard drive as Windows 7. The partitions of Windows 7 have already occupied the left part of the hard drive. From left to right, the Windows partitions are one partition for Windows booting, one for Windows OS and software installation, and one for data which is planned to mount on Ubuntu. I was wondering how to arrange the order of partitions of root, home and swap, i.e. which is on the left just besides one Windows partition, which is in the middle and which is on the far right?

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Ubuntu :: Which Is Root Swap Home Labels The Partitions?

Apr 30, 2010

Is there a command that tells you what the partitions are fdisk -l shows partitions I want to know which is root swap home etc, Labels the partitions?

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Apr 28, 2011

I will be installing Natty using the alternative CD.My system has a separate Home partition.Do I need to erase the contents of the Root and Home partition with gparted or similar,prior to the fresh installation of Natty or will the installer take care of all that automatically?

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Debian Installation :: Keep Home And Var Partitions Intact And Just Reinstall Everything In Root (/) Partition

Apr 4, 2010

Ok. I have a media server running debian amd64. when I installed it I made separate partitions for root (/) home (/home) var (/var) and swap.

I'm adding some new hardware (mobo and ram) and want to reinstall debian. I would like to keep my home and var partitions intact and just reinstall everything in root (/) partition.

I'm unsure of how to do this during the installation. Do i need to format? how do I tell it to use the /var and /home partitions?

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Ubuntu :: Where To Store System, Home And Swap Partitions On Two Disks

Dec 22, 2010

I have got 2 disks available and would like to create 3 main partitions: one for file system (maverick), one for home folder and one for linux swap.

I read many howtos and now I feel more confused!

I would like to obtain the more efficient solution in order of speed (performance): as far as I can understand (not so far) .. it seems that the best choice is:


disk 1: [beginning] ubuntu | home | others [end]
disk 2: [beginning] swap | others [end]

My situation now is, according to guides I read before:


disk 1: [beginning] ubuntu | others [end]
disk 2: [beginning] home | others | swap [end]

now .. before moving all my staff ..

I thought to have understood that ubuntu use swap only for hibernation / suspend activities, and therefore it's recommendable to put the system at the beginning of one disk, and the home folder at the beginning of a second disk in order to have quickly two disk reading / writing on the right position without moving too much and spend time.

But now I'm confused because it seems that ubuntu DOES use swap for normal activity (and so it's better to put it) at the beginning of a second disk.

I always saw my swap next to zero during my activities .. is ubuntu using swap like windows with pagefile.sys?

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General :: Sharing /home And Swap Partitions Between Several Distros?

Jan 18, 2010

I have a new laptop, the HDD is 160 GB size, I would like to install several linux distros, such as Debian, UbuntuStudio and BackTRack, the HDD partition would be like this:

- first logical partition (100 GB): 3 ext3 extended partition (1 partition for each distro)
-second logical partition (2 GB): swap
-thid logical partition (55 GB): ext3 /home partition
-four logical partition (3 GB): free space

is possible to share the swap and the /home partition between the 3 distros?

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Ubuntu :: Resizing Both Root And Home Partitions?

Jan 27, 2011

What I want to do is enlarge both my root partition by about 10 GB and also enlarge my Home partition by about 45 GB. I realize there is enough space in the root partition for expansion (see screen shot) but I want to be certain (some of the last updates have been over 100 MB). I have a dual boot 10.10 64 bit system with XP . There are two drives ; a 1 TB drive with Windows, Ubuntu and a NTFS data partition and a 2 TB drive for media which won't be touched by this operation. I have taken about 58 GB from my Windows partition and this now sits unallocated and ready to be used to expand the Ubuntu partitions. expanding these partitions (root and home) would be appreciated. I read bodhi.zazen' excellent tutorial on partitioning [URL] but I still am unsure how to go about this. I have a live Meerkat CD.

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Slackware :: What Is Quickest And Safest Way To Backup Root & Home Partitions?

Jul 28, 2011

I would like to attempt creating a cron job to backup my root (/dev/sda1) & home (/dev/sda3) partitions to an external USB drive.I have been using Clonezilla to make image backups but, I have to physically do it, when I remember or have the time. I have never created a cron job, and worse, I have never created a .sh file which, I think, is what I need to do.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Cannot Find Partitions - Ext3 Or Swap

Nov 11, 2010

I am using my flashdrive to install. I allocated 200gb for window 7 ult and used partition magic to format the rest to ext3 and swap for DISK 1. But when I try to install Ubuntu, installation can't seem to find the ext3 or the swap. It only sees my other drive in RAID 1.

My harddrive setup
Disk 1(RAID ready)
NTFS 100 mb - System
NTFS 195.21 GB
EXT3 253.88
Linux Swap 16.46 GB

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Ubuntu :: 11.04 Installation Creates Three Linux-swap Partitions

Sep 1, 2011

I have installed Ubuntu 11.04 for a friend on his new laptop. First I shrunk his Windows partition and then installed Ubuntu 11.04 direct from the Live-CD. Everything worked perfectly and he is very pleased. However I noticed one strange thing. When I ran GParted on the installed Ubuntu Desktop I noted that Ubuntu was installed on an extended partition, /dev/sda4, with the ext4 root file system on /dev/sda7 and three linux swap partitions each of 7.85 GiB. Only one of these swaps partitions is "on", ie with a key next to it. The other two seem to be just wasted space. Why did the install partition three swap spaces?

On a similar theme, on my own machine I installed 11.04 next to my 10.04. This time it installed two additional swap spaces (see problem above). I removed them both and altered the fstab to the UUID of the existing 10.04 swap space and it works perfectly. So my second question is why doesn't the install use existing swap spaces rather than creating new one(s)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Error Message Concerning Swap Space - Partitions Missing

Jan 3, 2010

I was trying to install Ubuntu as a dual-boot on my Windows Vista laptop. The hard drive is 250 gb: Vista boot 157 gb partition; a partially-occupied 33 gb partition which was designated as swap-space; a newly partitioned and ext3 formatted 30gb for the Ubuntu installation. I believe there is also a hidden partition ~20 gb with "hidden" system info. During installation I received an error message concerning the swap space partition, which forced me out of the installation and back to the ubuntu partition manager screen. Now in Vista my 33 and 30 gb partitions are missing. Is there anyway I can get back to pre-Ubuntu state?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Delete The Ext And Swap Partitions From Disk Management On Windows7?

Oct 11, 2010

Can I delete the ext and swap partitions from disk management on windows 7 ? Because I want to install a fresh new copy of ubuntu 10.10 . I know it would affect windows 7 boot up.I can handle it by system restore Anyway can I do it or not ?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Installer Won't Recognize Partitions - Error Message Saying Partitions Over Sized

Mar 22, 2011

I used Ubuntu before, without problems but since the 10.04 version it won't recognize my partitions. I formated my laptop and partitioned it, installed Windows 7 64bit, which I need for my work, and wanted now to install Ubuntu 10.04/10. I then used GParted to check my Harddisk and it is having troubles to recognize my partitions, too while Windows finds them. GParted is giving me an error message saying my partitions are oversized. I am still in the beginning of my Linux experiences and so I don't know what to do. I have two 250GB harddisks (how Windows recognizes them),


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Ubuntu Installation :: CD Doesn't Detect Partitions But No Apparent Overlapping Partitions?

Mar 3, 2010

Xubuntu 9.04 installation CD not detecting any of the current partitions. This all started when I reinstalled windows XP a few days ago.After, the computer wouldn't boot into GRUB and would boot directly into windows.Other threads have dealt with a similar issue, that of overlapping partitions causing libparted/parted/gparted to detect the whole drive as unallocated space. The problem in these threads seemed to be a corrupted partition table, in which the partitions overlapped with each other. So of course I checked the output of fdisk -l for overlapping partitions, but I don't see any obvious overlapping partitions. I've noticed that the partition that used to be linux swap isn't showing up in the partition table at all. I might just be missing something simple here and would like another set of eyes to help me figure this one out. Does the problem have anything to do with the partition table being out of order (ie. not in order of what regions they cover on the drive)? From the liveCD I've run


sudo fdisk -lu
sudo sfdisk -d
sudo parted /dev/sda print

and have received the following output:


ubuntu@ubuntu:/mnt$ sudo fdisk -lu
omitting empty partition (5)
Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes


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Ubuntu Installation :: Mounting Partitions As User Rather Than Root?

May 20, 2010

I'm having a problem mounting a vfat partition using fstab... If I don't use fstab and mount it manually, everything works fine. But if I add a line to fstab, it will mount, but will have root permission only - so I can't write to it. can mount another partition (ext4) through fstab and everything works fine. Just not sure why there's a problem with the vfat partion. Also, if after mounting it through fstab I try to unmount it, it gives an error saying only root can unmonut it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Merge Ubuntu & Swap Into Extended / Logical Partitions

Jul 17, 2010

I have a dual boot on my laptop between XP and Ubuntu with a storage partition.that gives me total of 4 primary partition


I now want to add a OSX to my laptop in tripple booth. I did shrink the windows partition and now I realized that all my partitions are primary and cannot create a new one with the space I shrink from windows.Is it possible to merge ubuntu and its swap into extended/logical partitions so I can create a new primary for Mac OS X?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Getting A 50GB Root Partition 3 GB Swap And The Rest For Home?

Feb 25, 2010

I want to install from scratch or change a current system, which ever works best to have the following partitions: I have a 160GB HD and want a 50GB root partition 3 GB swap and the rest for home. When i go throught the guided partitioning process the largest i can get is 8GB. The root partition is the bootable partition correct?

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Ubuntu :: Use GParted With The Live CD In Order To Edit Partitions?

Oct 1, 2010

Basically, I would like to have a separate /home partition on my hard disk that will be shared by two different Ubuntu releases. In other words, I would like Maverick and Lucid to be on their own separate partitions, but to share the same /home. I already have Lucid installed (no separate /home). I know how to use GParted with the Live CD in order to edit partitions, but the main question I have is how do I migrate my /home folder to its own partition without ruining data? I've skimmed through some GParted tutorials but they don't exactly detail what I want.

Once that is done, I need to know if it is possible for Lucid and Maverick to share the same /home partition, and how would I set that up?

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Ubuntu :: Restore Partitions, Swap And Grub2?

Oct 27, 2010

Unitl yesterday I have a pc with ubuntu server and desktop. Server I installed first. Desktop later. But I want to remove that server and use the space for other stuff..I mess with Disk Utilities and gParted and remove the ubuntu server partition. But now my grub2 stops working. How can I restore grub2 on the desktop partition and use the unallocated space for desktop without loosing any of my stuff? I have a scanner, webserver running, samba and other apps up and running on desktop.I can boot via live cd, and I get this on sudo fdisk -l:sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80000000000 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9726 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes


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Ubuntu :: How To Slide Swap And Ext Partitions With Contents

May 12, 2011

On my only hard drive, I have it partitioned for Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11, Earlier today I performed "Shrink Volume" on the Windows partition, successful, opened 22.74GiB I would like to increase my 10GiB Ubuntu 11 Partition to 16GiB, then create a partition for trying out chromium. I know the following discussion I am going to sound like a noob but for simplicity bear with me. When I say "left" I actually mean tracks closest to the center of the cylinder and right, those further away.

sda1 and sda2 are my Windows 7 Partitions, Then I have 22.75GiB of unallocated space from the shrink volume, then sda3 extended, sda5 swap, and sda6 ext4 /. How do I "slide" the swap and Ubuntu 11 ext partitions to the left while maintaining their contents? Am I just as well backing up, then formatting the Ubuntu 11 partition? My first thought was to ghost the Ubuntu partition to the unallocated space then updating grub, but grub did not see it. The following is a screenshot of gparted's view of my HD.

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Ubuntu Installation :: When Go To Edit The Partitions - Won't Let Do Anything Due To An Apparent Lack Of A Root Filesystem

Mar 28, 2010

I'm having trouble installing it on a "new" computer that I found at Goodwill for $60 with no operating system on it. When I go to edit the partitions, it won't let me do anything due to an apparent lack of a root filesystem. (I know this issue has been brought up and resolved in the past, but the usual solution (going into the validation.py file) isn't working for me, as there is no line in this one that says "if not root".)

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General :: Making Several Swap Partitions Into 1

Jan 18, 2010

I have an CentOS 5.4 install with several swap partitions of 2048Mb each (someone suggested to me the OS would run better like this?). But, I have a few other partitions and I'm sick of having so many to check and monitor. Also, having set up another machine with only one swap partition, I am not finding it running any better/faster.How do I go about deleting all the swap partitions and making a new one (to fill the exact same space as ALL of the old ones)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 10.10 Upgraded To 11.04 Within Windows Xp - Fails To Recognize Windows Partitions

May 1, 2011

I have 10.10 installed within my Windows Xp.All was fine.Then,I upgraded to 11.04.Boot screen etc is fine .Log in is automatic in Classic.Unity & Compiz not supported.Now,again everything is fine except that my xp partitions are not recognised and hence I can not mount them and access them.

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SUSE :: Partition Space Alloted For Swap / Root / Home In 11.2 Installation

Jan 12, 2010

1. Pentium 4 with 1.8 gh 2. 512 ram 3. 15 gb hard disk. installation specially regarding partition option (eg.. how much alloted should be for swap/ root/home etc)

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Debian :: Hibernation With Two Swap Partitions In Squeeze?

Jul 27, 2010

I have two disks, sda and sdb. Each has a partition that is part of a mdraid array for /. Each one also has a swap partition, and both are used by linux. I've heard that hibernation won't work with two swap partitions. Is there any workaround, other than only using one swap partition?

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Jun 21, 2011

I've installed some Linux distributions over the past few weeks, and I've recently noticed that previous installations of Linux have left my hard drive cluttered with numerous 4 GB swap partitions. I've since deleted them, but is there any way to avoid this a priori in the future?

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OpenSUSE Install :: Maintain Separate Swap Partitions?

Sep 9, 2010

On my triple-boot PC:

SuLinux:~ # fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes


Will the above procedure accomplish this objective, without crippling openSUSE ? The second swap partition has never shown any activity (on SUSE). I understand (from Using shared swap files) that a single swap partition may be shared. Since these areas are relatively small, It is not inconvenient to maintain separate swap partitions.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Does Not Detect Partitions Or Windows

Feb 11, 2010

I've installed the last year ubuntu 8.10 on dual boot with winodows XP, but then I had to format the XP so I lost the dual boot and access to ubuntu and I used only XP...Now, I downloaded Xubuntu 9.10, when I was trying to install it, when preparing the disks a message tell me that the PC has no operating system, then when I choose to manually partion the disk, xubuntu does not read the different partition I'm having and just display the hole disk as free space

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Ubuntu Installation :: Partitions For A New Windows Space

Oct 19, 2010

I have been trying to put windows onto my system as I made the switch to full linux awhile ago, but the need for certain windows programs is obviously tough to break.

df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 144G 59G 79G 43% /
udev 498M 260K 497M 1% /dev
none 498M 76K 498M 1% /dev/shm
none 498M 200K 497M 1% /var/run
none 498M 0 498M 0% /var/lock
none 498M 0 498M 0% /lib/init/rw

I am posting this information because in the other topics I have seen they always asked for them. Whenever I use Gparted though there are no options for me to make a new partition all the options are basically greyed out and I have even tried using it from gksudo. I am on an EEEpc and cant really do much from the way of live cd's as I have seen in other topics as well.

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OpenSUSE Install :: With LiveUb Over Ubuntu - Select The Partitions (drive And Swap)

May 11, 2011

I'm a "new" Linux user, have been using Ubuntu for the last year with no problem but I decided to try out a different distribution to get more experience. So I decided to go with openSUSE (which I have been using on a VirtualMachine back at work). I have download the ISO, created an liveUSB (because my laptop dvd isn't working properly) and wanted to install openSUSE on the hard drive partition where currently Ubuntu is. So, I suppose that in order to do this I should choose the option "Import mount points" and select the Linux partitions (drive and swap) and that would be it.

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