I want to install Ubuntu 12 and I would like to partition my hard drive so that the OS lives in its own partition and the data in a different one. Thus if the system breaks for some reason, the data will remain intact. Is there a better way of doing this?
I would recommend, especially since you're not an advanced user, a separate /home, as above, and periodical backup to optical media: cheap, easy and somewhat reliable. If you really have important data, I would think of something else, though.
You might want to consider the following because from a single HDD if that has a hardware problem it doesn't matter what your partition table looks like.
On top of this there are a few Partitioning Best Practice guides like the one I linked which you may want to take a look at.
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