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Old 03-03-2009, 07:39 PM   #1
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LVM2 vs Extended Partition for multidistro HD?

Evening gang-I am trying to find out whether or not I should use Logical Volume Management or an extended partition containing multiple primary and logical partitions?
I want to have a minimum of 7 partitions-5 for different distro's, 1 FAT32 for file storage, and 1 for swap.Please see this post-

What is the best and safest way to do this-I am going to completely wipe the HD and start over-and I need 7+ partions.
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If you want to have several distributions on the same PC, then avoid using the Logical Volume Management at all. It is an excellent technology, but it will be a bit more complicated if you want to access the partition of one distro, when running another distro located on another partition.

Logical Volume Management is meant for a single distro to bind several hard disks and devices to a single volume. With multiple distributions in the game this is not what you want to deal with.

The swap partition can be shared for all distro's, and usually it's safe to have a shared /home on it's own partition as well. But everything else should be separated, as each distro has it's own way of installing tools and configuration files.


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