[conspire] Comments on setting up disk partitions.

Paul Zander paulz at ieee.org
Sat Apr 4 11:51:29 PDT 2009

My basic question is what disk
partitions to set up on a new desktop.  This is not a server.  I have a particular computer problem instigated by a dead mother board, but I am sure other people must have had similar puzzlements in the past or will in the future. 

The machine must be dual boot to support personal finance software as recently discussed on SVLUG.  Besides I
could transfer the existing license at no charge.

background, I will agree with the concepts in
  Good to have different types of files in different partitions.

I also had a bad experience with a
windoz PC which was set up by IT at my place of work.. The computer developed a problem with the power supply that
basically caused the machine to shut down while booting up.   After I
had tried several times to turn it on, and IT tried several times to
turn it on, and tech support tried several times to turn it on,
everything in the “My documents” folder had been thoroughly
trashed.  Everything in a separate partition was fine.

The new machine has three hard drives:
new 500 GB  SATA
used 200 GB IDE  (has partitions from
previous Linux install, but its time to update the OS)
used 120 GB IDE (has some partitions with data files, and also what was C: which can now be re-purposed.)

It would be really nifty to have
Thunderbird set up to run on both OS's but share the same email data
It might be a good idea to have partitions to back up data on other drives.

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