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Last response: in Open Source Software
July 11, 2006 4:17:24 PM

So, while I am a self-proclaimed Linux Guru (Slackware 96, baby), I've been experimenting with several partitioning schemes, with varying levels of success. Kinda wondering what's best...

I dual boot Windows XP, as Linux equivalents/WINE haven't quite caught up yet (Sonar 3, crazy amounts of VSTs, DXIs, etc.).

The best that I've been able to come up with thus far is as follows:


/dev/hda

/dev/hda1 -> Windows XP (System) ~40 GB, NTFS
/dev/hda2 -> Linux Swap ~1 GB
/dev/hda3 -> File Storage (Files) ~80 GB, NTFS


/dev/hdc

/dev/hdc1 -> Linux (/) ~35 GB, ReiserFS
/dev/hdc2 -> Windows Swap (Pagefile, actually) ~2 GB, FAT32
/dev/hdc3 -> Linux (/home) ~40 GB, ReiserFS


This seems to yield the best results for me, having any swapping done on separate partitions/disks/channels.

I have a fairly large amount of files under both operating systems, and need a separate partition to keep a backup, should I need to burninate my installation of Windows.

Post your partitioning scheme! Oh, and we'll also need IPs, root password, etc. so we know the whole picture :) 


Cheers,

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a b 5 Linux
July 11, 2006 6:06:08 PM

Here are mine:

Machine #1 (desktop)

/dev/sda (WD Raptor 740GD)

sda1 /boot, 82MB, ext2
sda2 swap, 2GB pri=2
sda3 /, 30GB, XFS
sda4 /local, ~38 GB, XFS

/dev/sdb (WD Caviar SE16 2500KS)

sdb1 swap, 2GB pri=2
sdb2 swap, 2GB pri=1
sdb3 /home, ~233GB, XFS

Machine #2 (Gateway 600XL notebook)

/dev/hda (Hitachi Travelstar 5K100)

hda1 windows (not mounted), 8GB, fat32
hda2 -> extended partition
hda5 /boot, 75MB, ext2
hda6 swap, 2GB
hda7 /, 19GB, XFS
hda8 /home, 65GB, XFS

The pri on that swap between sda2 and sdb1 is a pretty spiffy feature- it in effects makes a RAID 0 swap partition that is much faster than a swap partition on a disk alone. If one of the disks borks, then the sdb2 swap will be able to be mounted from the rescue/install CD. I have 6GB swap as it is a 64-bit box and I do things like run a few VMware terminal sessions and that can tax the 2GB RAM I have in my system.
a b 5 Linux
July 11, 2006 7:13:01 PM

Home machine:

RAID0 with 2x 74 Gig Raptors on a 3ware 9500S
/dev/sda1 = ~65 GB NTFS (Windows XP x64)
/dev/sda2 = ~64 MB EXT3 (Linux /boot)
/dev/sda3 = ~70 GB Reiser 3.6 (Linux /)
/dev/sda4 = ~7 GB Swap (rarely used)

320GB Western Digital
/dev/sdb1 = ~310 GB FAT32 (Storage)

200GB Seagate
Mirror of /dev/sda with empty space at end
Weekly mirror of OS/App disk

This machine also has VMWare server installed with a multitude of virtual disks, I'll spare you though :) 

Laptop:
60GB Hitachi
/dev/hda1 = ~40 GB NTFS (XP Pro)
/dev/hda2 = extended
/dev/hda5 = ~64 MB EXT3 (Linux /boot)
/dev/hda6 = ~10 GB Reiser3.6 (Linux /)
/dev/hda7 = ~5 GB FAT32 (Storage)
/dev/hda8 = ~2 GB Swap
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a b 5 Linux
July 11, 2006 8:40:29 PM

My partitioning scheme is similar to bmouring except it does not include NTFS or FAT32

All but one of my machines are dedicated Linux boxen :-D
a b 5 Linux
July 12, 2006 1:56:05 AM

Both of my machines are dedicated Linux machines since about a few months ago when the then-latest Windows Update hosed NTLRDR, rendering Windows unbootable on my laptop. The desktop never had and won't ever have Windows on it- I just haven't needed it. So that 8GB space on hda1 is pretty much useless and probably will get dumped soon. I never used Windows anyway, so I guess I'll just get my 8GB back.
July 12, 2006 4:54:18 AM

Mine is:

/dev/sda0 = 160GB NTFS (Windows XP Pro)
/dev/pda1 = 2GB NTFS (Pagefile for XP)
/dev/pda1 = 55GB (Windows Vista x64)

I sacrificed my Linux to try Vista...

;) 

*Ducks*
a b 5 Linux
July 12, 2006 1:13:12 PM

Quote:
Mine is:

/dev/sda0 = 160GB NTFS (Windows XP Pro)
/dev/pda1 = 2GB NTFS (Pagefile for XP)
/dev/pda1 = 55GB (Windows Vista x64)

I sacrificed my Linux to try Vista...

;) 

*Ducks*



/dev/pda1?

And you managed to put 2 diff partitions on it?

:lol: 
July 12, 2006 2:18:17 PM

Well, I'm going off memory... which is a bit fuzzy. That probably wasn't the abbreviation I was looking for... lol.

/dev/hda1 was probably what I was looking for now that I think about it.

DUH!

:lol: 
a b 5 Linux
July 12, 2006 2:50:25 PM

Quote:
Well, I'm going off memory... which is a bit fuzzy. That probably wasn't the abbreviation I was looking for... lol.

/dev/hda1 was probably what I was looking for now that I think about it.

DUH!

:lol: 



lol

:lol: 

Have you seen FC5, Compiz or OS X?
July 14, 2006 7:33:37 AM

FC 5 was the distro I was using before I decided to sacrifice that partition to Vista.

;) 

But when Vista becomes my main OS... I'll likely get a flavor of Linux installed as well.
a b 5 Linux
July 14, 2006 12:51:24 PM

Quote:
FC 5 was the distro I was using before I decided to sacrifice that partition to Vista.

;) 

But when Vista becomes my main OS... I'll likely get a flavor of Linux installed as well.



You could triple boot ;-)

:D 
July 15, 2006 1:28:58 AM

I could... but I'd prefer having a hard drive per OS... so that would mean getting another hard drive. Might happen eventually... you never know.
a b 5 Linux
July 16, 2006 6:08:56 AM

Quote:
I could... but I'd prefer having a hard drive per OS... so that would mean getting another hard drive. Might happen eventually... you never know.



VMWare and QEMU are also an option :-D

http://www.vmware.com/download/server/

http://qemu.org/

You can run virtually any OS under QEMU or VMWare as long as you have a decent machine with plenty of RAM ( 1GB or more ).

Under Linux/BSD/Unix more RAM is always better!

:-D