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sda3 ubuntu usage

I'm new to linux// ubuntu 14. I have a fully dedicated hp laptop with a 750gb hard drive that's been partitioned in / sda1 = 30gb and /home sda3 = around 700gb and of course /swap sda2. So my question is can I use sda3 space like in Windows where you can install programs, game's... Or is it more for files, videos, music ( not installable files)
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It depends, where your / (root, system) partition is, because Ubuntu installs every program there. The /home partition (no matter, where you have it) is for files like music, videos and pictures.
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I think you have not choosen the right way to install the OS......
you should have windows installed(only if you want to install it) on the very first partition sda1......then swap area which is of the size double of your RAM size on sda2.........then create the ext3/ext4 to install your ubuntu and keep atleast 50 GB, if you are looking to use good amount of applications in ubuntu or alternately you can create a partition dedicately for /opt to install your optional packages as sda3.....and then rest of the space you can utilize as per your choice either you create 1 parition or more depends on you.....
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