How to partition fresh hard drive for install

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Happy Eagle
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How to partition fresh hard drive for install

Postby Happy Eagle » 23 Nov 2019 17:03

I have a 160 GB HDD on an 11-year-old desktop computer (no UEFI).

I am seeking stability and simplicity (no dual boot, only one OS on disk.)

"A little faster performance" is not needed. I would rather reduce chances of a freeze or crash.

I am familiar with GParted or could copy commands to the terminal.

I think I know how to do it, what I need is help with what partitions I need & where to ensure a straightforward install and reduce chances of problems.

Thank you for your help!

Happy Eagle
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Re: How to partition fresh hard drive for install

Postby Happy Eagle » 23 Nov 2019 17:32

(This post can be ignored or maybe it is helpful in explaining what I am seeking with my post above.)

For example: (This may be wrong or incomplete!)

1) Create a partition table with GParted. DOS.
Now you should have one big 'unallocated' space across the whole disk.

2) Create a 3 GB Linux swap partition at the end of the drive. {Note: My system has 2 GB RAM.)

3) Format the remaining space to ext4.

4) Create a 10 to 30 GB ext4 Primary partition at the beginning of the drive. Set flag to 'Boot.'

You should be good to go to install SolydXK.


Anything wrong or forgotten?

Replies/help don't have to use that format. Any help will be appreciated!

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Re: How to partition fresh hard drive for install

Postby Arjen Balfoort » 23 Nov 2019 18:00

Simplest way for non-uefi system:
  1. Clear the drive.
  2. Create your swap as mentioned.
  3. Create a 30G ext4 partition for root: /
  4. Fill the remaining space with a ext4 partition for home: /home
  5. Install.


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