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Old 11-10-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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Partitioning question

Does this seem okay for partititioning suse 9.3 for a server, 2 hard drives, drive 1 189.9GB, DRIVE 2 115.0GB

/dev/hda 189.9GB-- Type 6B200R0 -- Start 0 - end 24791
/dev/hda1 1.0GB -- Type F Linux Swap -- Mount Swap Start 0 - end 130
/dev/hda2 188.96GB F Linux Native (Reiser) / -- Start 131 - End 24791

/dev/hdb 115.0GB --Type HDS722512V6AT20 Start 0 - End 15016
/dev/hdb1 1.0GB -- Linux Swap -- Mount Swap Start 0 End 130
/dev/hdb2 111.0GB --Type Linux Native Start 131 - End 14622

Can anyone see any changes that I should make to this, or leave it alone.

This is for a server that Im setting up with SUSE 9.3 this morning.

Old 11-10-2005, 12:09 PM   #2
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1. You should setup a partiton for /boot.
2. I prefer using xfs as filesystem
3. /dev/hdb2 has no mountpoint; i would use it as /home
Old 11-10-2005, 06:57 PM   #3
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you should give more for the swap partition remember that never is enough maybe 512 or 1 Gb more
Old 11-10-2005, 08:07 PM   #4
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Wow! Are you sure you have enough space there ???

Seriously though however you set it up it's up too you. Personally I'm not an enthusiast per se, but having followed a slightly modified version of gentoos recommend, it's worked fine.

Their basic system is /boot, /swap and /, but I have maintained a seperate /home for a good while now - in the hope that I won't loose my customisations, data, address books, etc etc.

Looking at your post kuplo are you going too run 1 or 2 distros? because it's showing 2 /swap partitions between the 2 drives. If you're gonna run 2 distros then it's probably less hassle to have a common /swap and /boot. You can also have a common /home as it's only really the need for seperate / partitions so that each distro has it's only location.

Oh and when I installed SuSE 9.3 over the top of the mandriva 2005LE I did experience some problems with my /home - I never did find out why, but the SuSE seemed to want to do it's own thing (and yes, I might have got it wrong). It wouldn't let me into the original /home.

After a couple of weeks of meddling I just reverted to gentoo as I know I could make it work without much in the way of problems.

'Sup to you really but the above are the only things that made me think a little.

Good luck


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Because many drives geometry extends beyond the normal bootable range, the first partition on the drive should nearly always be /boot.

After that, the order or sequence is up to you.

Having been a Solaris admin for years and years, I've followed a fairly standard partition table for the root disk.

/boot - 128MB
/swap - At least 1x (up to 2X) RAM if it's 512MB or higher, or 2xRAM if it's lower than 512MB
/root - the remainder of the disk used to boot with.

After that, the 2nd drive can be partitioned and used during install, or after the installation is done.

If I have more than 1 drive of the same specs, I'll use LVM to mirror the 2 drives, and then get more for additional data storage.

My current *play* rig for Linux consists of 2x200GB SATA drives, hardware mirrored, and 2x120GB PATA drives, hardware mirrored.

I boot off of the PATA drives, and run my databases, games, VMWare sessions off of the SATA drive array.




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