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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.

Read this:

https://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/8208-all-about-linux-swap-space

  • 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 '15 at 18:53
  • What is the fat32 for? – munchschair Nov 19 '15 at 18:55
  • Dno, it's just there when I clicked to install Ubuntu – john smith Nov 19 '15 at 19:25

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