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Old 12-02-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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1Tb sata hdd installing Debian how much space to allocate


I have a 1Tb sata hdd ready to install Debian Squeeze also Vm's how much space should be allocated to Debian?
 
Old 12-02-2010, 06:54 PM   #2
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A cd sized .iso will expand to approximately 2 gig. A dvd sized .iso will expand to approximately 6 gig. Also, you may want a few gig for your system to grow with updates, downloads, etc. So, it depends on what you intend to do with Debian. 3 gig and more to suit your expectations.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 07:21 PM   #3
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I figured about 250G to start with.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 07:52 PM   #4
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Allocating like that will soon eat up a TB. You had said you will have some VMs. I allocate 20gb for VMs, or for any OS I am just looking at. If its that good, it gets its own regular partition. So far, only Slackware has a regular partition - all the rest are on VMs. All 2 of them.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 07:59 PM   #5
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Thank you both for the input, as I am new to this. I'm glad I posted this newbie question.
I haven't done all my research on intalling the Vm's, but it is my goal to get past just installing and starting all over.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 08:03 PM   #6
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I would strongly recommend that you put your /home on a different partition than your /.
I have 15GB allocated to my /-partition, and currently 5.6GB are used, so plenty of space available. So giving 250GB to your /-partition is just a waste of space. I would recommend to put your VMs either into your /home-partition or give them a different partition. This way they will not be affected if your OS will be borked.
 
Old 12-02-2010, 11:12 PM   #7
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I second TobiSGD's suggestion. If you are going to be running it in a virtual machine, 250 GB will be many times more than you need.

Linux OS's, even the most jam-packed ones, require far less HDD space than Other Operating Systems We Could Name(TM).

A complete base Debian web install takes about 5 GB (I recently rebuilt my file server with Debian). Room should be allowed for expansion, especially if you are going to do something like installing XAMPP and testing websites under it, because XAMPP wants to be under /opt.
 
Old 12-09-2010, 03:25 AM   #8
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Ready to tackle the transfer of host OS TO EMPTY 1Tb drive.
How much is the best size for Debian host OS?
The host system being Debian.
The drive that I'm cloning is presently 40G.

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Old 12-09-2010, 01:43 PM   #9
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Hi,
Allocating 40 GB of your hard drive should be more than enough for the / partition.
I strongly recommend to set up a separate /home partition. The main benefit of this is the portability of your userspace in the install/reinstall cycle. For example, if you choose to reinstall your OS after you made yourself quite confortable in the system, customizing stuff according to your own needs, most of this things will never have to be done again. Just mount the /home partition as /home during the setup process, without formatting it, and you'll have it all where they were. It is also a good chance to import your data to other systems easyer, by making a clone of the partition with something like G4L/Clonezilla etc.
Depending of the type of user you are, the size of the partition should be tuned to your needs. Downloading stuff usually takes most of the space, so if you use your home directory for this type of storage, I encourage you to build a bigger one.
As for VMs, depending of your virtual machines' purpose, their size may vary. I suggest giving a separate partition for each group of VMs you are creating.

I also have in mind a small experiment; maybe you can create a /home virtual disk image file to be shared between more VMs of the same type, which are not powered on simultaneously?!

A full and bloated install of Debian can take a lot of space, but no more than ~15GB, I guess, and is strongly not recommended. A normal and clean install takes an average of 2 to 5 GB, so giving 40 to it is more than satisfying.
You said you want Squeeze installed. This means your repos should be written with "squeeze" not with "testing", otherwise after final release of squeeze you will end up with a rolling release and I think this is not the way you want it.

I never had such amount of space on a single hard drive at home. I wonder just how relaxing may it be...

P.S. note:
1. root /partition primary
2. /home primary
3. vm partition(s) all on a logical partition
4. eventually storage partition can also be primary

Good luck and come back with results!
 
Old 12-10-2010, 04:28 AM   #10
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Clonezilla didn't work for me. I couldn't get to login. The live-cd may have helped but I was kind of lost in getting it to work, so I just did a new install for Os. I'm not sure but I was transferrring from pata to sata hdd, could this have been my problem?

This is from my other thread andthe problems I experinced ttrying to clone this drive

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EDDY1 Well instead of making image of laptop drive, I decided to clone my 40G hd with Debian Squeeze to 1Tb drive.
I didn't set uuid, so now I'm downloading Debian-live to make the changes. I'll post back in a few.
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