stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net
Tue May 12 04:21:40 BST 2009
> Jaunty has no limitations on installing in primary or extended logicals,
> and allows you to set up /boot, /home, /almost_anything in a separate
> partition, primary or extended.
I believe I understand now. What I plan, at this moment, subject to change
until the last moment, is to use the new 1TB SATA with a boot/OS partition, a
swap partition and a /home partition. Once data is copied to the new drive, I
will format/back-up, and exclusively use my 500gb SATA for Back-up. Then I
will install a 200gb IDE 133 that I have and create virtual machines, to
install and learn the use of other Linux OS's; I will also install in Virtual
a separate Jaunty current for the experimentation I always seem to get myself
The only part I am not completely confident in doing is to set up the OS and
applications so that when data is saved it always automatically goes to the
storage partitions. I don't want the boot partition to contain any important
savable data that can be placed on drives that are not subject to application
crashes and loss of data. I don't mind if doing this causes a little more
work to set up the configuration, as long as it doesn't slow the machine, or
open a new kettle of worms that I don't anticipate. If I understand
correctly, this is a simple setup and perhaps the fastest too.
As always, I am so grateful for the care and concern you have provided me.
Perhaps I will finally have a system that will function, more or less, as it
was intended by those who created the applications, as well as, cause a little
less burden on the List.
May I ask this? I have never actually lost data due to a broken HDD. Are
there any built-in warning mechanisms within HDD's that let you know when they
are about worn out? Do they fail, or break, without warning? How much of a
concern should that be? In 20+ years, I have never had one break. I have
always just replaced them with bigger drives. I can never be really sure, but
I think this may be the last expansion I will ever need for data, so wearing
out the drives or actual physical failure are what I am facing now. Even that
may be a bit oxymoronic, I am 66 years old.
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