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Disk Partitioning

Rules of thumb, by Troy Dawson
Feel free to change however you want

/ (your root partition) should be at least 6 Gig
swap should be at least double your memory, up to 2 Gig
/boot is NOT needed, and can cause problems if you install several kernels, which fill this partition up.
/var should be used if you are installing a server. It's size would vary depending on the type of server and the amount of traffic you expect.
All other patitioning judgements are on your own.

Installation Help

Choose where you would like Scientific Linux to be installed.

If you used automatic partitioning, you can either accept the current partition settings (click Next), or modify the setup using the manual partitioning tool.

If you are manually partitioning your system, you can see your current hard drive(s) and partitions displayed below. Use the partitioning tool to add, edit, or delete partitions for your system.

Note, you must create a root (/) partition before you can proceed with this installation. If you do not create a root partition, the installation program does not know where to install Scientific Linux.


The graphical representation of your hard drive(s) allows you to see how much space has been dedicated to the various partitions created.

Below the graphical representation, you can see a file system hierarchy showing your existing partitions. Using your mouse, click once to highlight a partition or double-click the partition to edit it.

Partitioning Your System

The center row of buttons controls the partitioning tool's actions. You can add, edit, and delete partitions here. In addition, there are buttons you can use to accept the changes you have made, or to reset and exit the partitioning tool.


New: Use this button to create a new partition. A dialog box appears containing fields that must be filled in (such as mount point, file system type, drive that the partition should exist on, size, and so on).


Edit: Use this button to change the mount point of a currently selected partition. You can also manually create a partition by editing free space (if available). Editing free space in this sense is similar to using parted in that you can choose where the partition begins and ends within that free space.


Delete: Use this button to delete a partition.


Reset: Use this button to cancel your changes.


RAID: Use the RAID button ONLY if you have experience using RAID. To make a RAID device, you must first create software RAID partitions. Once you have created two or more software RAID partitions, select RAID to join the software RAID partitions into a RAID device.


LVM: Use the LVM button ONLY if you have experience using LVM. To create an LVM logical volume, you must first create partitions of type physical volume (LVM). Once you have created one or more physical volume (LVM) partitions, select LVM to create an LVM logical volume.

Hide RAID device/LVM Volume Group members: Select this option if you do not want to view any RAID device or LVM Volume Group members that have been created.

Created by dawson
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Last modified 2005-10-04 03:14 PM

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