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Old 10-16-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Question Partition Strategy -> SSD Drive


http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0344221

I am installing the above later this week with the intent of it being my OS drive.

Potential Partition Scheme ->

Boot 100 M
Swap 8 Gig
/ -> Balance

/home --> Separate Drive

Does this make sense for a SSD drive. Not sure if I should place the swap on the SSD drive or if there are any issues around any paticular partition set up.

I am looking at installing either -> LM 9 / Ultimate Edition 2.8 / Debian / Ubuntu 10.1.


Any insight would be appreciated.
 
Old 10-17-2010, 05:26 AM   #2
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You do not mention what the specs are on your computer but I would think the swap being that large is a waste. If you have 2 gig or more of swap with 2 gig or more of hardware memory you should have more than enough. You say you are not sure if you should place the swap on the SSD drive, are you going to have another drive also? If you do one swap is enough.
 
Old 10-17-2010, 05:34 AM   #3
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Don't put swap on an SSD, it will wear it out, you may not need swap anyway, but if you must have it put it on the HDD.
 
Old 10-18-2010, 04:30 PM   #4
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I agree that you may not want a swap. Depending on use and ram you may not even want it on the other drive.
 
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Hi jv2112, here the hard drive partition requirements from ubuntu.com (Debian and Mint will have similar requirements)

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15GB of hard-drive space (although this can be split onto 2 drives, a 5Gb / and a 10Gb /home fairly easily)
In other words, you will be wasting over 50gb of your nice, fast SSD by only putting / on the drive!

I would recommend putting everything (/ and /home) on the fast SSD, using your larger HDD for additional data/storage. For example if you have a lot of videos or music, you can store them on the HDD; they don't need to be in /home.

I agree with the comments above that 8gb of swap is excessive. Also you do not need a separate /boot under most circumstances. If you are unsure about partitioning, just use the "guided" option of the installer and it will automatically choose the optimum setup.
 
Old 10-18-2010, 05:41 PM   #6
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Two comments:

1 If I'm not mistaken, to take advantage of the speed of an SSD, you want to have on it directories that are used and written to a lot, so presumably, if there's any point in having it, you've just got to accept that it will have a short life and a merry.

2 Funny how you can get conflicting advice on swap.
I said to someone not long ago that with (I think) 3G of RAM he probably didn't need any swap at all, and got Very Sternly Admonished for the suggestion by several experts, and told that a little over 2 x RAM was necessary up to 8G of RAM and beyond. Since HD space is cheap now, I suppose you might as well have this, even if it's unnecessary.
 
Old 10-18-2010, 05:50 PM   #7
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Talking

Thank You for everyone input.

My New Plan ->

Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60 60GB -> Linux OS (Ultimate Edition 2.8)
Boot 100 M
Swap -> None (4 Gig of RAM : Average Load 50%)
/ 15 G
/home 45 G (Balance)


Data ->
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB -> Video Collection 1 / Music / Pictures / Misc. Media
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB -> Video Collection 2
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB ->
1.1 T -> Archive Back Up First 3 Drives (Partition 1)
400 G -> Overflow -> Stored Package Back Up
 
Old 10-18-2010, 07:01 PM   #8
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Now, if only you had a small partition on on of the HD's with another Linux on it, you'd have something for the day when the SSD karks it
Sounds like a nice box.
 
Old 10-19-2010, 04:56 AM   #9
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Thanks.

After reading your comment impert it got me thinking. I think I'll set a partition on the 1.5 to match the OS drive and set a script to DD it every few days...

Thanks for the thought !!

 
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Funny how you can get conflicting advice on swap.
I said to someone not long ago that with (I think) 3G of RAM he probably didn't need any swap at all, and got Very Sternly Admonished for the suggestion by several experts, and told that a little over 2 x RAM was necessary up to 8G of RAM and beyond. Since HD space is cheap now, I suppose you might as well have this, even if it's unnecessary.
If you will reread the prior posts we did not say he would not need swap, just not 8 gig, and I definitely would not put it on the SSD drive.
 
Old 10-20-2010, 04:49 AM   #11
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Thanks for the follow up and clarification.

I set it up last night without the swap and so far so good. I will just have to be a wait and see experiment. I could always add later if I see a performance hit.

Thanks again
 
  


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