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Old 05-20-2005, 11:14 AM   #1
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Question small hard drive(s) - partition sizes

Hi everyone,

Im still pretty much a newb and need some feedback on partition sizes. I have done quite a bit of reading about them, however in todays age of large hard disks I need some feedback on my situation.
I would post this is the newb section, however since this system will be Mandriva I figured I would get better feedback here.

I will be installing Mandriva 10.2 on this system that was assembled from some older hardware:
1Ghz Pentium III
3.2GB and 3.1GB hard drives

The system will mainly be used as a web server, but of course I will also be using it to continue learning the Linux OS and will be adding packages of interest. I do plan to use KDE and/or Gnome

With a total hard disk size of 6.2GB I have come up with this partitioning scenario:

hda @ 3.2GB
/ @ 500MB
/usr @ 2.7GB

hdb @ 3.1GB
swap @ 512MB
/home @ 850MB
/var @ 1GB
/tmp @ 879MB

The only problem I am having is knowing if these partition sizes will be adequate for the needs of the system, especially the root / @ 500MB as it will be hosting the remainder of the file system that has not been allocated to its own partitions.

Any feedback would be very welcome. Thanks!
Old 05-21-2005, 04:15 AM   #2
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Why are you partitioning at all? I usually just give the install a root "/" directory and it does the rest nicely.

Do you have a special need regarding the /home area?

As for 6gb, you shouldn't have too much of a problem except if you are trying to load everything from the install.

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Re: small hard drive(s) - partition sizes

Originally posted by dimrealm

With a total hard disk size of 6.2GB I have come up with this partitioning scenario:

hda @ 3.2GB
/ @ 500MB
/usr @ 2.7GB

hdb @ 3.1GB
swap @ 512MB
/home @ 850MB
/var @ 1GB
/tmp @ 879MB

I suggest that you make only three partitions. Make all of the first drive the / partition and only create a swap and /home partition on the second drive.


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