[sclug] Newbie, partitioning 120Gb HDD - recommendations?

David Newcomb david.newcomb at bigsoft.co.uk
Mon Jan 17 11:34:42 UTC 2005


I too have formated large discs on my system.
Typically, I put all the OS installation and swap on a smaller system disc
(<10GB). Swap size should be 2 or 3 times the size of phyical memory.
I then use my big discs as data and application areas.
This makes the task of upgrading OS easier.
I have an 4.3 GB IDE hard drive lying around if you want it.

df -h:
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2             3.4G  1.8G  1.5G  56% /
/dev/hda1              99M   34M   61M  36% /boot
none                  125M     0  125M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hdc1             114G   84G   25G  78% /home
/dev/hdb1             184G   89G   86G  52% /home2

             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:        255312     127112     128200          0      28956      72260
-/+ buffers/cache:      25896     229416
Swap:       522104      17232     504872

Hope this gives you some ideas.


Douglas Brown said:
> Greetings all, (I introduced myself in another posting)
> I am a newbie & trying to set up a SUSE 9 system at home on a blank 120Gb
> hard
> disk. This disk will be dedicated to one Linux system, so no multi-boot
> complications.
> Can anyone point me in the right direction for info on partitioning a huge
> HDD?
> I have looked on the web sites for HantsLUG, SLUG, and SCLUG, and I have
> googled, all in vain. All the info I've found to date assumes a "large"
> disk is
> no more than 10 - 20 Gb; beyond that it's "trust Yast". Um, has anyone
> actually
> tried that? For me Yast suggested setting up partitions as follows ...
> * 60 Gb root
> * 10 Mb Swap (approx)
> * 60 Gb something else (/home? /usr? I forget)
> OK I understand why it's put /swap in the middle of the disk (reduces head
> movement). But 60 Gb just for root seems completely ridiculous. Please
> correct
> me if I was wrong, but I abandoned that, and I am now looking for
> recommendations on how to split this disk up.
> Yes I know, "it's horses for courses". So here's the shape of my course
> ...
> I intend to dump M$ and use this system as my serious workhorse : email,
> browsing, WP & other office apps, DTP, image editing, web authoring, plus
> some
> small scale scripting (initially TCL), midi music & sequencing. Mega
> amounts of
> space needed for photos. Lots of space needed for apps (I expect to be
> using
> this system for a *long* while). I also like the idea of many separate
> partitions as a damage limitation measure against viruses & other attacks.
> Now here's the killer. My Win98 system has died and I need to get this
> going
> quickly (deadlines coming up). Can anyone think of any sources of
> information
> or guide lines, please?
> MTIA -- Douglas Brown
> PS - Sorry, but due to time pressure, I have to cast my net wide and have
> posted on all 3 nearby LUG lists. If that offends, please accept my
> apologies.

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