Originally Posted by Dutch Master
Your problem hasn't so much to do about partitions, but all with the SATA choice you made. Currently, there still are issues with installing Debian on SATA disks, do I recommend to get yourself a small IDE disk, have the base system reside on that and use the SATA disks for /home. This is exactly what I did last year when installing Sarge (later: Etch) to my server on a (then) brandnew AM2 platform.
Sorry, I disagree. The problem was due to me issuing enough space when indiivually partition the disks. /var and /usr were getting full to the point it was unable to install the requested software I selected and would bomb out. A simple resizing of the partitions and everything is great. Debian has no problems with SATA any longer.
hammer:/home# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 464M 132M 308M 31% /
tmpfs 1007M 0 1007M 0% /lib/init/rw
udev 10M 84K 10M 1% /dev
tmpfs 1007M 0 1007M 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda2 464M 18M 422M 5% /boot
/dev/sdb1 230G 251M 218G 1% /home
/dev/sda6 183M 5.6M 168M 4% /tmp
/dev/sda3 1.9G 1.6G 231M 88% /usr
/dev/sda5 1.9G 678M 1.2G 38% /var