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I am basically trying a clean install on my laptop to dual boot mint and arch. I want to have some shared storage space for them but separate roots and also get to keep my dot config files from my homes. If I used the classic shared /home strategy there would be username conflicts and other things too consider.

So this is what I came up with:

/swap (2 gigs)
arch root(10 gigs)
arch home(5 gigs)
mint root(10 gigs)
mint home(5 gigs)
/mnt/storage(everything else)

This design allows me to keep my configs in case of a clean install and also provide that storage partition to which folders such as "Downloads" and "Videos" link to via symbolic links. My question is: what drawbacks can it have, and if I were to use the standard separate /home setup where would I locate my storage directory?

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The down side is that you might run out of space on one of the partitions or later need to add/remove/resize partitions, and that can become a pain. You might want to use LVM to manage the volumes instead, and leave some unassigned space so you can easily create more or expand the existing volumes later if needed.

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I think 15 Gbs total(home + root) is enough to accommodate most distros,andnot to run into any problems I will use a LVM from the start. After all how long can moving 10gbs partitions take on a LVM? Thanks for the reassurance anyway. :D –  vitiv May 8 '12 at 18:48
    
@nikita.utiu, the beauty of LVM is that you don't have to move partitions to extend them; they can grow into any free space wherever it is ( even on other disks ). Also if you do need to move ( maybe to migrate to a new disk ) you can so safely on the fly, while it is still mounted. –  psusi May 8 '12 at 22:00
    
I might also try spearate home with a shared folder owned by a group. –  vitiv May 9 '12 at 14:28

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