Originally posted by Skazi
machine 1 (Athlon XP2600+, 1GB RAM, Radeon 9800 Pro):
60GB: 30GB NTFS (winXP), 30GB NTFS (games, etc.)
40GB: 20GB FAT32(for sharing, /home?), 19GB EXT2, 1GB Linux Swap
My personal guidelines:
1. If one system fails due to drive issues - other HAS to live.
2. If possible, put / and swap on separate drives.
3. Up to 4 partitions per drive - none of that extended partition shit
3. Since I can easily read ext2/3fs (explorefs) and reiserfs (rfs-something) from Windows, and, I can easily read NTFS from Linux, and both are MUCH more stable than FAT32 - ditch the dependency on FAT32.
4. If you spend a lot of time on Windows, keep your important data files on NTFS, not FAT.
(besides, since some files can run into 1+Gb (ie Xvid movies), your /home on FAT32 will die a painful death.)
I dont see a point in splitting 60Gig HD into 30 and 30. What is the point of separate game partition? There is only one reason why I would put the games on a separate DRIVE. Less physical stress on the System drive. But in your case - it is the same drive.
I would set up the the 60 gig drive:
/dev/hdX1 - 20-30 Gig of NTFS for WinXP - system drive - all progs/games go there.
/dev/hdX2 - the rest 30-40 NTFS for Windows "/home" (Use TweakUI to relocate/point your home folders (MyDocs/Music/Photos) to this drive.) I would expect a shitload of mp3s and movies to live here. (You dont need to write to them from Linux, dontcha?)
/dev/hdX3 - some 500-1000Mb for linux swap.
I would set up the linux part. table on the 40 gig drive in a classical way:
/dev/hdZ1 - no more than 128Mb - ext2 - /boot - mount as read only.
/dev/hdZ2 - about 20 gig - ext3/reiserfs - /
/dev/hdZ3 - the rest ~20 gig - reiserfs - /home
/dev/hdZ4 - some 500-1000 Mb - FAT32 - for FILES you really need RW access to. (Like iCal calendar files (Mozilla Cal in Win/Korganizer in KDE), shared mail stacks)