partition sizes

Igor Gueths igueths at
Thu Nov 14 18:15:38 EST 2002

Hi justin. Well in terms of partition sizes, your swap partition is just
at about the right size. You have 256 mb of ram, and the general rule is
to have a swap partition double the size of your ram. The Linux partition
should definitely be resized. Having the entire thing on one filesystem is
not a good idea, especially if something gets damaged. You should
definitely have at least 3 filesystems. /dev/hda1: Swap. /dev/hda2: root.
/dev/hda3: usr. This is my setup. What you should try to do if you can is
split the disk evenly somehow between your allocated 15.4gb. Now how you
want to do this is your decision, since you know what you're using the
system for.

May you code in the power of the source,
may the kernel, libraries, and utilities be with you,
throughout all distributions until the end of the epoch.

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, Justin Ekis wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> I was wondering about the best size for my partitions. (And no I won't
> be asking questions every step of the way, at least I hope not. This is
> just a topic I couldn't find one definitive answer for.)
> Partition magic finally arrived yesterday, and I ran the new operating
> system wizard and chose Linux. I wasn't sure what sizes to use so I kept
> all the defaults. Only thing I changed was  I chose ext3 rather than the
> default ext2 for the Linux partition's filesystem. Now I'm wondering if
> I should resize them. This setup looks a bit odd, and I probably should
> have done it myself.
> Here's what my partitions look like.
> First is the swap partition, the program sized it at 502 MB. (I've heard
> about a million different ideas about swap size, so I just went with the
> default, even though it seems rather large. I have 256 megs of ram.)
> The Linux partition is 15.84 GB. (I know the redhat installation guide
> says you only need about 2 to 4 GB, but that seems quite small. Maybe
> I'm just used to programs being so big on windows.)
> Finally windows gets the last 22.95 GB.
> Are there any problems with this?
> And what's this I hear about some bios chips not being able to boot a
> partition past cylinder 1024? How do I know where my partitions are in
> terms of cylinders? I know that my swap space is first, then the Linux
> partition and then windows, but I don't know specific cylinder numbers.
> Should I update my bios revision just in case or is this something only
> older chips have? I bought this system custom built only a month ago.
> Thanks in advance for the help. My doubletalk should be here in the next
> couple days and then I can finally get started. My next message to the
> list may be sent from pine!
> -- Justin
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