Partitions on Thinkpad T4x
Okay, yes, this is another partitions question. Sorry about that.
But, I'm still struggling whenever dealing with partitions but I will try to provide enough info so...
A) reader is not bored
B) it's easier to analyze the situation and provide options
The drive specs are: 120GB drive
Without further adieu, here is my info as provided on SystemRescueCD and using GParted:
Please explain or provide options for my Thinkpad T41 HDD (IDE 120GB)
I started SystemRescueCD and got this when I started up Gparted (/dev/sda)
/dev/sda (111.79 GB)
63.99 GB 47.80 GB
Partition FS Label Size Used Unused Flags
/dev/sda1 ntfs 63.99 GB 4.49 GB 59.50 GB boot
\/ /dev/sda2 extended 47.80 GB --- --- lba
/dev/sda5 ntfs App 47.80 GB 3.00 GB 44.80 GB
Sorry about the formatting and spacing.
I hope it's legible and understandable (meaning I hope the formatting doesn't cause any problems or confuse).
I wanted to keep the Windows XP partition or at least somehow keep the configuration of the OS intact but I am wondering what the other ntfs partition is. The hard drive is an upgrade and was not configured by me. The OS was cloned so what is there is not done by me. But, I wanted to maintain the XP OS without having to re-install. Not sure if that was a wise move but hopefully it's somewhat understandable. I'm not sure what my options are now but hopefully, I can look at some options that don't require a re-install or not too much change except for resizing the partitions and creating new ones after an ntfs partition.
I welcome all suggestions.
I was wondering if it would be good to have something like:
XP NTFS 30 GB
Debian / sidux EXT3
Fedora 11 EXT4 ?
I am not sure how to arrange the partitions, though or where to put swap. I placed swap after my Windows install on my desktop. Should I do this again on my laptop or where should I place it?
Some people say it should be in the middle of the drive, though? Then?
How large should the Linux partitions be? I usually have one partition per distro. Is this okay or wise? I understand some users recommend having a separate Home partition. I just didn't want to veer into complications. I'm already not familiar with partitions but I'd like to learn including using the Terminal more.
Anyway, I hope this wasn't too boring.
Btw, I try to keep data on a separate drive such as an internal drive in an enclosure. So, I thought I might not need a separate /data partition. What do you think? Is it okay to access data from another drive? I thought it would be fine but would like opinions.
Thanks for reading and I appreciate all replies, recommendations and advice.