Help with partitioning scheme for new build


Limp Gawd
Jan 24, 2006
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. :cool:
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
  • 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.