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Old 08-18-2003, 02:04 AM   #1
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Question How many partitions and what size for each?


I've just installed Red Hat Linux 7.0 and Win98 SE in my Compaq Presario 1235 and almost everything seems to be working fine.
I just needed to download a linux driver for the win-modem. Compiled it and it worked without any problem. Found an article on how to setup the sound and it worked immediately.

I left only 900 MB for my Win98 partition and gave 3.1 Gigabytes to Linux.

My only problem is that this time (I had installed both OSes before) I didn't specified a size for /boot /var and/or /usr. All of RH Linux is installed in one single partition of 3.1 Gigabytes. I did it this way because the last time I started having problems with /boot filling up. I've read that this could be a problem, but, at the same time, a guy I work with says it is easier to put everything in one partition.

What would you say is the best strategy?
And, if I need to repartition, what would be the best way to do it with minimum disruption of my installation?
I don't think reinstalling the modem driver or reconfiguring the sound card would be much of a problem, but would prefer to avoid it, if possible.

Thanks in advance.

Old 08-18-2003, 02:45 AM   #2
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This is not really a major problem, and the diffrence you'd see would be minimal. I wouldn't bother for this size of disk.
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The only thing you might want to consider is to make a separate /home partition, and put everything else on /root. That way you can easily backup your home directory, and upgrading/adding to the /root partition won't destroy or damage your data. You could even reformat /root and /home would be untouched.


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