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27187Re: [linux-dell-laptops] Re: partition setup

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  • Douglas S. Oliver
    Aug 8, 2005
      That looks to me like different drives not partitions. I would expect

      primary partitions

      logical partitions off of one of the above primaries

      hdc --often cdrom

      One of my other linux/win boxes has two hard drives. Linux is on hdb with windows on hda.
      Later I added another linux partiton on hda, so I had

      hda2=extended partition holding linux partitions above hda4

      hdb=dedicated linux drive with its own partitions


      My i8600 has dell DE partiton at hda1
      hda2 is winxp
      hda3=extended holding hda5+

      This is from memory, since I'm actually sitting at my iBook. My linux distros are RH9 and Slackware 10.1. RH9 uses GRUB and Slack uses LILO. They each have their own naming conventions. For example hda1 in lilo is (hd0,0) in grub. Grub starts counting from 0 not 1. The MBR sectors are hda and (hd0) respectively.

      I have to say that I'm always amazed at how much I still don't know. I think Debian uses something like the naming convention like given below with hda hdb hdc hdd hde and so on. I think that might be in fstab though as opposed to what lilo and grub do. I just don't know. -- douglas

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Stephen Davies <stephen.davies@...>
      Sent: Aug 8, 2005 7:25 AM
      To: linux-dell-laptops@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [linux-dell-laptops] Re: partition setup

      As has been mentioned,

      1) keep the two swap partitions separate. Linux by default uses a
      complete partition that is not filesystem formatted.
      2) Make your sharable partition FAT32 and mount it under linux using an
      entry in FSTAB

      I have a dual boot layout of my Inspiron 8600. Here is its partition layout

      hda 100Mb /boot
      hdb 24Gb Windows XP C: Drive
      hdc 24Gb Shared Data Partition - FAT32 XP D: Drive
      hdd rest of disk (approx 32Gb)
      hde 4Gb / (Root)
      hdf 2Gb Swap
      hdg 8Gb /usr
      hdh 4Gb /var
      hdi 14Gb /home

      I use a 2GB Linux Swap as I have 2GB of RAM and I run Eclipse, Oracle,
      DB2 & Websphere Application Server on it.

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