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I am getting ready to load SuSE 9.2. It will be a dual boot system, I have two Maxtor 80 Gig HDDs with one of then (hda) set up with Win 2000 on one partition with NTFS and another partition set up as FAT 32. I want to load SuSE on the second HDD, hdb. I was thinking of setting it up with a 2 GIG swap partition, a 20 GIG / partition, and the rest as a HOME partition. This will be a home desk top computer, no server duties, no gaming. Does this partition scheme seem about right? What about other partitions such as USR, etc?
Swap sounds a little over-sized. How much RAM do you have? I am using 512 MB swap at 512 MB RAM.
The amount you need for / could also be a little smaller unless you want to install everything I have installed a lot and still do not have more than 9GB. I don't think a partition for /usr is required.
Originally posted by fstreed I am getting ready to load SuSE 9.2. It will be a dual boot system, I have two Maxtor 80 Gig HDDs with one of then (hda) set up with Win 2000 on one partition with NTFS and another partition set up as FAT 32.
... 80Gb FAT32 .... what a waste of space
better do both windoze partitions on one disk and SuSE's /boot too like that :
/dev/hda1 /boot EXT2 100Mb * active
/dev/hda2 c:\ NTFS 20Gb
/dev/hda3 d:\ FAT32 ~60Gb (the rest of space
Originally posted by fstreed I want to load SuSE on the second HDD, hdb. I was thinking of setting it up with a 2 GIG swap partition, a 20 GIG / partition, and the rest as a HOME partition. This will be a home desk top computer, no server duties, no gaming. Does this partition scheme seem about right? What about other partitions such as USR, etc? [/B]
1. the DANGEROUS one : installing LILO/GRUB on MBR (dangerous : you'll never know when your windows will erase the MBR and rewrite it and then you have to restore your LILO/GRUB - never done that because I never install the boot loader on MBR only if there is only Linux on that machine)
2. the safest one, resize your /dev/hda1 NTFS to gain arround 100Mb of free space at the begining of the disc (I used Acronis Disc Director 9 to do that flawlessly), /dev/hda1 becames /dev/hda2 and so on ... and create on the free space the /dev/hda1 of 100Mb as EXT2 which you'll mount it as /boot, make it active and intall the boot loader LILO or GRUB on it and the rest of Linux's partitons on the second disc
now you can proceed to install your SuSE
PS : when resizing there's allways a chance to loose your data, it never happened to me with Acronis Disc Director ... but I have firends the had that with PQ Magic
Originally posted by abisko00 piratu:
I don't understand why a /boot partition is required or desired. Could you please explain?
the /boot partition is not required nor desired, is optional, a suggestion! this is my 2 cents tip when multibooting to avoid the installation of linux's boot loader on MBR!
if you choose not to create a /boot you'll find it on your / root partition and you'll have to install the Linux's boot loader there, ofcourse you have to be sure that's a primay partition and in the boundaries of the first 1024 cylinders (for safety reasons, on old systems)