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Old 02-25-2004, 08:42 PM   #1
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Question partitioning a new drive, which directories can I move ?

Hi all, I am partitioning my new 80gb drive. I want to move as many of the really big directories over to the new drive. I know I can't move root, and it's probably a bad idea to move /etc since fstab is stored there and is responsible for mounting.. so catch 22..
anyways, what directories are safe to move? I am thinking /usr, /bin, /sbin and /home, but I can't find anything specific about the pros and cons of moving folders, nor can I find any discussions about which directories are the "best" to move. I did however find lots of information on how to move the directories once I decied which ones I want to move...

So, in a nut shell, partition new drive, want to move directories, I need info on which ones I should move.

Any suggestions?


Old 02-25-2004, 10:01 PM   #2
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if it's a brand new drive, you can just make your partitions and dd them to the new area. keep the old drive in, boot into the old os, and dd if=whateveryouwanttomove of=towhereyouwanttomoveitto.

just partition out the new drive how you want it, and then start to dump things to it. it's just that easy.
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/usr takes up about half of the space in a Linux system. So you can balance your hard drive load fairly evenly between your two hard drives by placing /usr on your new hard drive.

When you upgrade your Linux system it is handy to have /home in a separate partition so that you can upgrade without wiping out your user data.

/home and /usr will not even begin to fill up an 80 hard drive. You get the best disk performance by placing the busiest files in the middle of the hard drive. So I would create a large empty partition at the beginning of the hard drive, then /usr, then /home, and last a large empty partition.

I would use the large partition at the end of the hard drive as a place to keep a daily backup (Set up a daily cron based backup that only copies files that have been altered). I would use the large empty partition at the beginning of the hard drive as a place to install new Linux systems that I am experimenting with or dual booting until they are stable enough to replace my existing Linux system.

My recommendations are based on my existing hard drive configuration which is 12 partitions spread across three hard drives.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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