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RE: new disk layout



> -----Original Message-----
> From: fedora-list-bounces redhat com 
> [mailto:fedora-list-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of muhammad panji
> Sent: Friday, July 03, 2009 9:14 AM
> To: Community assistance, encouragement,and advice for using Fedora.
> Subject: Re: new disk layout
> 
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 2:28 AM, Mick M.<off_by_1 yahoo com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi;
> >  I would like some input on disk partitions.
> > I bought a 1TB sata drive, it works fine,
> >
> > At the moment my system has 3 drives 1 160M IDE and 2 sata 
> 250M and 1TB.
> > The IDE is for XP, as it will not see the SATA drives.
> >
> > I want to remove the IDE drive and install XPx64 on the new 
> drive as a VirtualBox image.
> > I also want to install F11 on that drive.
> >
> > My other SATA drive is F10, I want to leave that alone and 
> dual boot F10/F11.
> >
> > OK  - what do you suggest for partitions on this drive?
> > I want to use "regular" partitions - not the default LVM stuff.
> >
> > I was thinking:
> > 1 /boot ext3 200M
> > 2 swap 82    4G ( I have 2G memory)
> 2 G of swap is enough
> http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-15252


Perhaps you need a BIOS update, if XP will not see your SATA drives.

I would recommend LVM, but not the default setting, because you can leave
slack space unpartitioned and then extend an existing partition with it,
even if it means the resulting partition will occupy noncontiguous space
across the drive (or the array, or even iirc on different drives, but I
could be mistaken about that).

This way when you notice a partition filling up, for example the /home
partition, you can just add another hundred GB or so. You can't do that with
regular partitions, you would have to go through a lengthy process of
unmounting the old partition, creating a new one and mounting it, mounting
the old one somewhere 'else', copying/moving all the data over, etc.



Paul



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