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Hi, I have the following set-up: SSD 64GB HDD1 1TB HDD2 3TB Ram 16GB I've decided to use GPT for all along with UEFI and dual boot Windows 7 64 ...
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    Some help with Partitioning For Linux


    Hi,

    I have the following set-up:

    SSD 64GB
    HDD1 1TB
    HDD2 3TB
    Ram 16GB
    I've decided to use GPT for all along with UEFI and dual boot Windows 7 64 bit on the HDD.
    Since i want Linux as my main system i've was thinking of the following split:
    #ssd
    /boot 300-500 mb
    / 20GB
    /var 15GB #not sure if it's the right place for var but i think the SSD will survive
    /home rest of the ssd
    #Probably Ext4 for all tho i don't why some choose ext3 for boot, do i need a COW FS?
    #No need for swap as far as i can see
    #Not sure but do i need to have /usr in a separate partition?
    #hdd1
    C:\ NTFS 200-300GB
    D:\ (/data on linux) NTFS rest of the HDD to be shared as Downloads etc.
    #hdd2
    Backup Drive - Weekly backup of /Home

    I'm also considering pushing /tmp /var/spool /var/tmp and /var/log to Ram(tmpfs).
    Since i'm still new at this what do think? I'm planning to run a few vm's and is mainly for personal\code development machine..

    Thanks.

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    hello and welcome, Riptaz!

    I've moved your thread to the Installation forum, where it'll hopefully get a closer look.

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    This is what I've had going for a number of years. Works great.
    Code:
    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part5
                          780M  263M  479M  36% /
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part9
                          5.4G  4.5G  870M  85% /home
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part10
                          981M   17M  915M   2% /tmp
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part7
                          3.9G  2.8G  894M  77% /usr
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part8
                          5.4G  4.4G  739M  86% /var
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2
                           17G   14G  2.4G  86% /usr/local
    Note that /usr/local used to be WinXP partition. It crapped out and became my ancilliary source and local build directory.

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    Here's real similar thread you can read......

    http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/new...artitions.html
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    Do you already have Win7 installed, or do you want to install it later?

    Unlike XP, it comes with 3 partitions:
    Boot
    Main Windows/Data
    Backup

    Both Boot and backup are not to be seen for a Windows user, but you see them when you boot up Linux.
    (When you run Wind. it looks like that you just have a "C:" drive, but unlike with XP and older versions of W, you actually have 3 partitions on the hardisk)

    I used the gparted live CD to change the sizes of the partitions, so that I can have a native Linux partition on the only machine that came with W7...

    But I would have to start it to tell you how the sizes of the partitions look like...

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    Quote Originally Posted by atreyu View Post
    hello and welcome, Riptaz!

    I've moved your thread to the Installation forum, where it'll hopefully get a closer look.
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Miven View Post
    This is what I've had going for a number of years. Works great.
    Code:
    Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part5
                          780M  263M  479M  36% /
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part9
                          5.4G  4.5G  870M  85% /home
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part10
                          981M   17M  915M   2% /tmp
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part7
                          3.9G  2.8G  894M  77% /usr
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part8
                          5.4G  4.4G  739M  86% /var
    /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part2
                           17G   14G  2.4G  86% /usr/local
    Note that /usr/local used to be WinXP partition. It crapped out and became my ancilliary source and local build directory.
    After some searching and thinking i don't think i need /usr and as for /usr/local we will see how much it takes after this installation
    /tmp is by default on the ram, regarding /var i'm still not sure but i think the SSD will survive if i see too much activity i"l change it to HDD.

    I've decided to go with:

    #SSD
    1 mega for grub2
    /boot +ESP 1GB
    / 20GB
    /home what's left of the SSD

    and the HDD will be 2 NTFS partitions.

    Now the only question is should i install linux then windows or the other way around and should i perform SSD optimization before or after installation.

    Quote Originally Posted by docbop View Post
    Here's real similar thread you can read......
    Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Rava View Post
    Do you already have Win7 installed, or do you want to install it later?

    Unlike XP, it comes with 3 partitions:
    Boot
    Main Windows/Data
    Backup

    Both Boot and backup are not to be seen for a Windows user, but you see them when you boot up Linux.
    (When you run Wind. it looks like that you just have a "C:" drive, but unlike with XP and older versions of W, you actually have 3 partitions on the hardisk)

    I used the gparted live CD to change the sizes of the partitions, so that I can have a native Linux partition on the only machine that came with W7...

    But I would have to start it to tell you how the sizes of the partitions look like...
    Currently i have nothing but if i remember correctly the other 2 partitions only take about 100-200 mb so it doesn't matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riptaz View Post
    Currently i have nothing but if i remember correctly the other 2 partitions only take about 100-200 mb so it doesn't matter.
    It's not about the size, but the geometry things that W7 demand or it will f**k up.

    I tweaked a running W7 with the use of a certain Grub I needed, not the standard one, and I needed to follow the "howto" rules, but in the end all works well...

    (Okay, I hardly ran W7 anyway nowadays, cause Linux can do all I want anyway...)

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    Thanks For all the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riptaz View Post
    Thanks For all the help!
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