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Lechium
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:15 am    Post subject: Is no boot partition ok? Reply with quote

Hi,

I just recieved in mail new comp (but HDD burned out in first 10 mins, so I am waiting on replacement).
It's a Dell, so the default HDD setup is:
hda1: dell utilities including hardware diagnostics
hda2: XP

I plan to have it:

hda1: diagnostics
hda2: Win2000
hda3: boot
hda4: Gentoo
hda5: swap

Now problem is that all five have to be primary partitions, and 4 primary partitions per HDD is the limit. So guess boot is the easiest to cut... Can i merge boot and root partition?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The following configuration should work out for you:

hda1 = diagnostics
hda2 = Windows XP
hda3 = /boot
hda4 = Extended Partition
hda5 = swap
hda6 = /

hda5 and 6 are secondary / extended partitions.

You can merge the /boot and / partitions, but I think you might find life a lot easier with the configuration I have suggested.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRAt wrote:
The following configuration should work out for you:

hda1 = diagnostics
hda2 = Windows XP
hda3 = /boot
hda4 = Extended Partition
hda5 = swap
hda6 = /

hda5 and 6 are secondary / extended partitions.

You can merge the /boot and / partitions, but I think you might find life a lot easier with the configuration I have suggested.


I could had sworn swap has to be primary!
Oh well.
Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lechium wrote:
I could had sworn swap has to be primary!
Oh well.
Thanks.

I do not have it on a primary here.. and seems to work fine ;)
I believe that /boot is the only partition required to be primary these days, though that probably has changed also..
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2005 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Linux no partition has to be primary. They can all be logical. That said there's a minor speed penalty the further away you get from hda1. So, place those partitions which you want to be faster closer to the beginning to the disk. In your case I would have / mounted on hda3 followed by swap, with /boot last. The reasoning is that you only use /boot once per session for a few seconds, or if you don't switch off the machine often then hardly at all. On the other hand you use / all the time you run your box in Linux. Swap needs high access/read/write speeds so a lot of people place it before /, but with memory sizes these days being so large, computers hardly use it at all. Finally, the /boot directory can be part of the / partition. The only reason I can think that /boot is usually on a separate partition is for security reasons.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRat: Why do you say that having /boot partition is better? I have no /boot and personally find that easier (one fewer partition to keep track of).
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is no better or worse. Having a separate /boot allows you to have the kernel and boot-related files on a partition that isn't mounted by default, easier to backup and stays with certain types of disasters.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2005 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Duplicate Threads.
Dupe of https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-278812.html
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