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Old 10-17-2013, 02:54 AM   #1
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Slackware Hard Drive Considerations


Hello everyone,

I just finished my download of the Slackware DVD and I am considering buying a new hard drive to have a fresh start from scratch.

I would like to enquire if hard drives larger than two Terabyte are supported by Slackware 14 (32-Bit). If not I am considering buying a smaller SSD drive. Is there anything I need to be concerned about?

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:52 AM   #2
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Yes, they are supported. For very large drives just use GPT when partitioning (e.g. gdisk instead of fdisk).
 
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Old 10-17-2013, 04:53 AM   #3
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You might consider the new hybrid drives - sort of the best of SSD and traditional spin media.
 
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:12 AM   #4
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To give you relevant hints we'd need to know on what kind of machine you're going to install that hard drive (laptop? desktop? server?) and its intended usage(s).
 
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:14 AM   #5
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To give you relevant hints we'd need to know on what kind of machine you're going to install that hard drive (laptop? desktop? server?) and its intended usage(s).
It's a desktop machine (Atom processor 1,6 Ghz and Intel graphics) which might be running Apache but that would mainly be for "localhost" connections. It currently runs CentOS 6.4 on a 160 GB hard drive which I would like to replace with a larger drive.

It is that I am currently studying for my LPI 102 exam and most likely need to get into the nitty-gritty of Linux internals. I know quite a lot of people who started with Slackware and they are now top-notch IT-consultants. Also one thing which is important to me is the community aspect of the distribution. A few years ago I used to talk about "Linux desktop" revolutions but for me it doesn't matter that much anyone. I prefer to have a good community you can develop software with and learn from. I don't really believe in 6-months/9-months release cycles anymore.
 
Old 10-17-2013, 08:01 AM   #6
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So that'd be a 3" 1/2. I'd suggest 7200 RPM, SATA 3 with transfer speed @ 6 G/s, cache 64 M.

Here (in France) you can find a good one @ around 80 €, VAT included (VAT adds 19.6 % to vendor's price).

I'd buy one of those.

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Old 10-17-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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... and, if you're in the US, take a look at Micro Center (http://www.microcenter.com/) for good prices, wide choice and excellent service.

If there's a Micro Center near you, be prepared to spend a lot time there -- it's a toy store for geeks.

Hope this helps some.
 
Old 10-17-2013, 08:34 AM   #8
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On a (home-)server your bottleneck most likely will not be the harddisk, but the network connection. I doubt that you will have benefits besides faster boottime when using a SSD here, so just go for a HDD.
 
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Thanks everyone for your kind advise. I am in the middle of backing up my hard drive to my NAS and then there will be (hopefully) Slack'n Roll.

I am from Germany and usually order from these guys: www.alternate.de

Some further questions piled up: So far I have been spoilt with Suse and Mandriva to configure my printer and scanner (YAST and Mandriva Control Centre). I am using a HP PSC 1510 which uses "hplib". Is it hard to install this on Slackware?
 
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Slackware includes HPLIP, Hewlett-Packards's HP Linux Imaging and Printing software. You won't need to install anything but you will need to do a quick and easy set up of HPLIP (which will also configure CUPS for you).

Details are at http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html. You do not need to download anything from the H-P site, as mentioned, it's part of the distribution.

Hope this helps some.
 
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #11
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I am from Germany and usually order from these guys: www.alternate.de
I have also made good experiences with this one: http://www.mindfactory.de/
 
Old 10-17-2013, 11:44 AM   #12
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... and, if you're in the US, take a look at Micro Center (http://www.microcenter.com/) for good prices, wide choice and excellent service.

If there's a Micro Center near you, be prepared to spend a lot time there -- it's a toy store for geeks.

Hope this helps some.
Glad I'm not the only one who walks in there in the morning and when I finally leave it's dark outside. That Madison Heights store is pretty neat. :-P
 
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Glad I'm not the only one who walks in there in the morning and when I finally leave it's dark outside. That Madison Heights store is pretty neat. :-P
Oh, yeah -- used to drive over there from Southfield and Six Mile, recently made an excuse to drive the 200+ miles to Detroit with, oh, by the way, a stop in Madison Heights.

Whatever works!
 
Old 10-17-2013, 05:44 PM   #14
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Oh, yeah -- used to drive over there from Southfield and Six Mile, recently made an excuse to drive the 200+ miles to Detroit with, oh, by the way, a stop in Madison Heights.
I lived in Southfield with my family eight month in 1987. My kids did go to the Eisenhower elementary school on Larkins Street and I keep a copy of an article in the Southfield Eccentric with a picture of the youngest one holding a banner with a classmate. But maybe that's slightly off topic...

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Old 10-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #15
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Yes, they are supported. For very large drives just use GPT when partitioning (e.g. gdisk instead of fdisk).
I would like to report that I finally got Slackware 14 installed. This post guided me in the right direction and I would like to thank everyone for their help.
 
  


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