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Old 06-06-2010, 05:05 PM   #1
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partitions in a two harddrive, single OS laptop


Just out of curiosity, how would you set up your partitions for a fresh Slackware or Debian install on a laptop that has a pair of 320gb harddrives?

I was looking at using the entire second harddrive as /home, a 2gb swap, and breaking the remaining 318 gb up somehow, but I don't know what to use it for. I used to dual boot win7 and just kept win on one drive and linux on the other, but now I'm using both drives just for linux, and I've never done a linux install with more than just /, swap, and /home, but 318gb seems like a lot of wasted space just for a root partition

So, how would you set it up?

if relevant, the laptop specs are in my sig. Computers main use will be movies, music, windows games run under wine/crossover, web browsing, downloads, and general office type stuff.
 
Old 06-06-2010, 05:31 PM   #2
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Just a 10Gb partition will do for any Linux. Put the data in its own partition and mount it permanently or as-required. 99% OS would not be able to use up a 1Gb swap.

In any case you can resize a partition at any future date.

If you use one partition for / then all the others are just subdirectories to it making maintenance easy. Multiple partitions of a single Linux is really for the server applications.

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Old 06-06-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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Just a 10Gb partition will do for any Linux. Put the data in its own partition and mount it permanently or as-required. 99% OS would not be able to use up a 1Gb swap.

In any case you can resize a partition at any future date.

If you use one partition for / then all the others are just subdirectories to it making maintenance easy. Multiple partitions of a single Linux is really for the server applications.
so you're saying
/ - 10gb
/home - 320gb on second HD
swap - 1gb
309gb - ???

home, swap, and root are the only partitions whose uses I really know, so if my root is only taking 10 or 20gb, no idea what I should do with the remainder. Or should I just make root take up all the leftover?
 
Old 06-09-2010, 12:07 AM   #4
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You could make an LVM and use the 309 GB + the entire second drive as /home
 
  


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