I'm putting together a new desktop and will be trying to make a full time switch to linux. My hardware is on the way and I'm looking for some insight as to a partitioning scheme. I'm getting my feet wet and will probably rebuild the OS structure next year - maybe to ubuntu 14.04 hopefully to SteamOS. system use: Gaming - video/photo editing - browsing - gaming - gaming Primary OS - ubuntu 12.04 Alt OS - STEAMOS & other debian flavors - mintOS - (no windows!) RAM - 16GB Drives SSD 128GB WD black - 1TB WD Green - 3TB I'm looking at 3 types of partitions OS partitions Dedicated primary OS partitions (used ONLY by ubuntu 12.04) Shared partitions that can be used by all the (debian) OS OS partitions ubuntu 12.04 25GB on SSD ubuntu studio 30GB on SSD steamos 25GB on SSD mythbuntu/mint 15GB on SSD Shared partitions swap 16GB on HDD black drive (for hibernate) /boot 1GB on SSD /tmp 10GB on HDD green drive 8 /export 400GB on HDD green /media 1024GB on HDD green Primary OS(12.04) dedicated paritions /usr 10GB on SSD /opt 5GB on SSH /var 15GB on green HDD /home 400GB on green HDD /home/beans/steam 1000GB on HDD black /home/beans/.wine 30GB on HDD black With 16 GB ram I'm thinking I won't use swap much and putting it on the faster HDD will allow for fewer writes to SSD and still let me use hibernate. The same applies for /var on the slower SSD. There's plenty of RAM for log messages until it's got time to write to the HDD. Any help/suggestions is appreciated.