I am installing Ubuntu 12.04, just removed all the existing partitions which had earlier Windows Xp and Ubuntu 13.04. I am doing a fresh install now.

I want multiple drives, just in case I need them to save some media files, etc etc..

My laptop hardrive is of 320 GB

I have already created three partitions - swap for 4 GB, root (/) for 20 GB and /home for 10GB and I have still a free space of 280GB. What next for me? Should I increase /home

and how to create some additional drives/partitions. any help will be helpful.

Note: I do not want a dual boot at all. Only ubuntu 12.04


For a modern one-user (or mainly one-user) workstation, partitioning is more a matter of taste than other thing. I commented more extensively here.

If you are sure yo do not want other OS installed (even in the future), I would expand the /home partition to fill the disk (and maybe leaving a bit more space for /, although I never filled it up.)

My normal routine when installing from scratch is to create / and /home, and then moving /usr/local and /opt in the home partition, and then linking them back. Some on the line of (as root):

cp -rva /usr/local /home 
mv /usr/local /usr/local.old
ln -s /home/local /usr/local

and (normally /opt does not exist)

mkdir /home/opt 
ln -s /home/opt /opt

This kind of configuration will let you reinstall another Linux operating system without touching your data (even locally compiled programs will stay under /home/local, and you have to just re-do the links when reinstalling).

Another possibility (quite more complex, but interesting) is to learn to use LVM: : in that way you can resize the partition on the fly if you want.

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Partitioning is more an art then a science. Personally I would dedicate 40 Gb to your root partition, 40 Gb for /home and the rest in a back up or data partition. You can give it all to /home if you do not want a separate data partition.

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