[sclug] Partitions on /dev/sdb

Alex Butcher lug at assursys.co.uk
Mon Aug 21 15:43:09 UTC 2006

On Mon, 21 Aug 2006, Sapan Ganguly wrote:

> I've stuck a 500Gb RAID array on a machine under /dev/sdb.  I'm just
> going to put data on it.  Is there any technical reason for me not to
> just format and mount it as /dev/sdb?  Or should I create a big
> partiton on it as /dev/sdb1 first?  The reason I ask is that it seems
> to accept /dev/sdb as one big partition and I can apply /dev/sdb to my
> mount point, it seems to work.  Am I going to run into a problem
> later?

Compatibility, and principle-of-least-surprise mainly. If you're never
planning on reading the array under a different OS, and you KNOW it's only
ever going to be you administrating the machine, it's your choice.

Personally, as I'm never really sure about the last one, I always make a

> Thanks,
> Sapan

Best Regards,
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