A lot of good info on this board. I decided to register to see if you guys can help me out. I'm installing CentOS 4.3. I'm at the step where it asks for partitioning. It has been suggested to me by an experienced webhost to use the following partitions and sizes: / 2000M /boot 600M /usr 6000M /var 6000M swap match the amount of memory /home ALL REMAINING SPACE ON DEVICE "By doing this and seperating the partitions, when the / partition fails or the kernel on it fails, you can either just reinstall on the / partition without affecting the important data OR you can take the drive and mount it in another system." I was under the impression that the kernel was always on /boot? Or is it on always on / ? Either way, 6GB doesn't seem like enough space for the logs and databases. If the kernel is on /boot then I thought that this might be another way to partition without the risk of losing the data if the kernel or the boot /partition fails: /boot 600M swap match the amount of memory / ALL REMAINING SPACE ON DEVICE What do you guys recommend and why? Also, one of the next steps asks this: Where do you want to install the boot loader? /dev/hda Master Boot Record /dev/hda1 First Sector of boot partition. What is best and why? thanks for your help.