I'm currently using Ubuntu 14.04 on a HDD and I recently bought a 120GB SSD.

I'll make a clean install with / on the SSD, but I'm not sure if I should put /home on the SSD or the HDD.

I'd like, for instance, to have my steam games installed on the SSD, but I would prefer to have my media files (and other programs) on the HDD.

Is there a way to achieve this?

  • ~/ is the home directory of the current user (most shells expand ~ at the beginning of words to the value of $HOME). Do you mean /, the root directory, instead? Jan 2, 2016 at 11:35
  • Yeah, i meant the root partition, but I think askubuntu edited my message automatically :( Jan 2, 2016 at 15:14
  • I never noticed AU adding random ~ characters. Jan 2, 2016 at 16:43

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In the Steam settings, you can manually specify a library location, or you can select a different (or create a different) library when you install a game on a game-by-game basis.

I would recommend just formatting both as ext4 in the installer, and just do Steam on the SSD.

EDIT: You could also add /bin and /usr to the SSD, as that will improve performance and speed in both day-to-day operation as well as booting up, as most programs are run out of those directories (mostly /usr).

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    A better idea would be to put /bin and /usr on the SSD so the computer would boot faster and most programs load from the SSD.
    – John Scott
    Jan 2, 2016 at 0:33
  • @FuzzyToothpaste depends on his steam library size, I'll add it to my answer Jan 2, 2016 at 0:34
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    Steam will also rely on some system packages, so having / on a SSD might help with performance
    – Wilf
    Jan 2, 2016 at 16:55
  • @Wilf The majority of the packages that Steam is reliant on are in /bin and /usr, so having the whole / on the SSD would just be a waste of space, especially since it is only 120 Gb Jan 2, 2016 at 17:23

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