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Old 10-11-2013, 02:10 PM   #1
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Question New PC Partitioning Scheme


Hello!

For a variety of reasons, I'm switching to using a desktop PC for my primary computer away from my 3-year-old MacBook Pro.

Here is my setup plan and I'd like to confirm that this makes sense:

Boot Drive:
128GB ADATA SP900 SSD
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
Non-Game Apps and Battlefield 4
GRUB boot loader

Data Drive:
2TB WD Caviar Black
Partitions:
1.5TB NTFS - Windows User folder and Most games
500GB - XFAT - R/W by Mac, Linux and Windows thanks to FUSE

Linux Disk:
500GB Seagate Momentus XT (4GB Cache)
16GB OS Boot Partition (Debian 7.1 or Ubuntu 13.04)
24GB Swap (I have 16GB Physical RAM, this should cover hibernate RAM copy and a plenty extra)
~460GB /home and everything else

I also have 3 external 2TB drives, one will be for backup, one for Music and one for Video. They are currently OS X Ext Journaled but I'm probably going to make them all XFAT for maximum compatibility across OS's.

Any thoughts as to where this might be better optimized?

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Old 10-11-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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Sounds good, but have you considered LVM; also as you have SSD and HDDs you might want to look at

https://wiki.debian.org/Multi%20HDD/...ition%20Scheme

Interesting ideas, I haven't decided myself yet.

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Old 10-11-2013, 03:16 PM   #3
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Thank you, Mostlyharmless. Both for the welcome and the excellent resource recommendation.

I'm reading that page now and I'm definitely intrigued. I'm trying to figure out how I might need to adapt it a bit since most of the disks are being allocated to use with Windows (honestly I wouldn't use it all except for the AAA game titles I want to play).

There are definitely a few ideas I can take from that in terms of potentially partitioning the linux drive more to reduce seeking but I confess it is also a little bit on the complex side.

More study needed!

In general, is the Linux disk partitioning scheme indicated sensible? Even a few years ago when I ran linux as a primary desktop I always liked having my home partition as a separate partition from the boot partition because it was so much easier to deal with an OS recovery situation.

Anyway, thank you. I appreciate it.
 
Old 10-11-2013, 03:20 PM   #4
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Ok, I'm creating a test Debian 7.1 install in a VM using VirtualBox right now and used Guided LVM for partitioning and just kept the recommended defaults. Now that I see how automated that is, I think that's a winner for handling my 500GB Seagate drive that will contain my Linux OS.
 
  


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