Partition table advice

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by rinseout, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. rinseout macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2004

    I'm setting up a brand new iBook with the 80G hard drive. It's mostly going to be used by one person. Anyway, I would like to partition the drive to keep (at least) the /Users directory on a separate partition, and preferably the Applications directories on separate partitions so that OS X reinstalls aren't going to be too inconvenient.

    I'm thinking this would be an OK layout to begin with:

    15G /
    12G /Applications
    6G /sw (fink)
    35G /Users
    12G spare volume, mounted as /Volumes/scratch or something, could be mounted elsewhere when required, or used for a linux install or something.

    The machine is mostly to be used for software development and paper-writing, with digital lifestyle bits and bobs thrown in (picture collections, a bit of music, etc.) Maybe some dabbling in music production at the Garageband level.

    What I want to know is whether given the size of OS X and a typical collection of applications/user files whether this is a good layout. I would hate to be wasting space by massively over-allocating, or find myself having to re-partition again soon because I've under-allocated.

  2. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Why the hell bother?

    With Archive and Install, you don't loose your user data, it just does a fresh install of the OS while keeping your user data. You really don't need to worry about this stuff.

    Lemme guess, you're a switcher, right?

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