I am about to format and manually partition my hard drive for Ubuntu for the first time. I have 16GB of RAM. I am wondering if I should even allocate a swap partition? Should I just make a root partition and a home partition?


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Honestly, you can just make a root partition and you would be fine. But if you hibernate your computer, you will need the swap space. Also if you do not have a lot of ram, it will be useful to have swap space.

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  • I currently have the default install and it made 3 partitions. One Fat32 (512MB), 200 gig ex4 for /, and 16gig for swap space. It says that the small 512MB partition is a mount point of /boot/eft, and the flag is boot. Do I need one of those too?
    – john smith
    Nov 19, 2015 at 18:53
  • What is the fat32 for? Nov 19, 2015 at 18:55
  • Dno, it's just there when I clicked to install Ubuntu
    – john smith
    Nov 19, 2015 at 19:25

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