[sclug] Large disk partitioning

Neil Haughton n.a.haughton at bigfoot.com
Mon Jan 17 18:36:48 UTC 2005

FWIW I've got Mandrake (serious), Ubuntu (playtime), & Windows XP Pro 
(for the missus) on my machine, with OS's on one 60Gbyte drive and data 
on another 20Gbyte drive,  and Mandrake is partitioned as follows:

/boot: 100Mbyte ext2
/var: 1Gbyte ReiserFS
/ : 14GByte ReiserFS
swap 1: 100Mbyte
swap 2: 500Mbyte

/home: 20Gbyte ext3

WinXP and Ubuntu occupy the rest, and Ubuntu, being their for playing 
with at the moment, is in one 16Gbyte partition.

Why like this? Rush of blood to the head, I guess, and I like 
experimenting. :-)  But is all works well enough. If I ditched Ubuntu 
(or Mandrake) and WinXP, the released space would go to / and /home, 
giving me a huge / for apps and 40Gbyte of /home for data



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>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
>>disk. This disk will be dedicated to one Linux system, so no multi-boot
>>Can anyone point me in the right direction for info on partitioning a huge
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>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
>>quickly (deadlines coming up). Can anyone think of any sources of
>>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
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