When I decided to install Linux onto an external hard drive I wanted to be able to do it without removing or disconnecting the internal hard drive. It seems to me that Most Distros don't make this as easy as they could. For example in Ubuntu you have only three options. Some advise the beginner to stay away from the third "Do Something Else" But if your going to put it on an external hard drive then you haft to do "Something else" I think a lot of beginners would like to know how to put a Linux Distro on an External Hard Drive. For me, Personally, it's been a great way to use the full features of a Linux Distro without Altering the Internal Hard Disk.
Under Doing Something Else, you are required to set up your own partitions. Thankfully I've found some helpful youtube videos on how to do this. BUT I noticed something that has caused me to post this thread. People don't seem to carry the same partition views. I've heard some people say you should make your swap partition twice the size of your ram. I just saw someone else say make your swap partition four gigs (For Ubuntu). I've seen several people split their hard drive into 3's. I think Ubuntu only splits the hard disk into 2 by default. Those who were splitting them into 3's. They had 1 partition for the system. 1 partition for "home" and 1 partition for swap. I don't get it. Why is this helpful?
I realize that I'm asking you guys, and I realize that you all might have different opinions on this. But as a beginner I don't want to read a whole bunch if "I do it this way" kind of thing. I want to know the pros and cons to the various ways you partition your hard drives for Linux. Most importantly I need to figure out if the way I'm going about it is "ok" or not.
My partitions are simply 2. I have 5 gigs of swap for Zorin OS and 926 gigs for the system. So far that seems to work.
I'm not Limiting myself to just Ubuntu or Ubuntu based Systems. I have some other ones downloaded that I want to try someday. Of course if everything is going ok as is, I'd like to just add some of those to my current hard disk without erasing Zorin OS. So far I've never set up a duel boot system from scratch. IE building my own partitions instead of using the First Option in the installer called "Install along side".