For example if I split the disk into one partition for / and one for /home (as i usually do) and the file system on the system partition somehow gets compromised, the /home partition should be unaffected. Thoughts?
Separating system and data is always a good idea, so if you want to do it, do it.
Definitely ext4. ext3 lacks functions that are crucial for SSDs, like TRIM.
Originally Posted by juarirm
Why mount /home in ssd when you said an HDD WILL BE USED FOR STORAGE
If you use your home for storage only then there is no point in putting it on the SSD, you are right with that. But some people use their home for actual work and will benefit from the speed improvements of SSDs. I also use SSDs, in my main system I sort my work this way:
1. If the workload benefits from fast I/O and is small enough to fit in RAM do it in RAM (tmpfs), you can't get it faster.
2. If the workload benefits from fast I/O and is to large to fit in RAM do it on the SSD.
2. For all other cases just use the mechanical disk.
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