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Dave Woyciesjes woyciesjes at
Tue Jun 30 12:25:13 UTC 2009

David Fox wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Thomas<valhalla2100 at> wrote:
>> Can one have, as with Windows, different logical drives?  Is this
>> possible with Ubuntu?  I don't have a need to have all in one
> Yes, but it is done differently, using mount points rather than drive
> letters...

	Actually, Windows can use mount points, out of the box, now with Win2K 
Pro. When you're partitioning & formatting a drive in Computer 
Management; when you get to the point of assigning a drive letter, you 
can choose to use an empty directory instead.
	It can also do spanning, striping & mirroring of drives. Out of the 
box. MS calls it Dynamic Disks .IIRC, you can add drives on the fly to 
Dynamic drives, but I'm not so sure about removing them.

> ... There's nothing that says you can't put something like /home
> (user's files) on a partition on a separate drive, provided you've set
> things up in advance, and you have sufficient space in those
> partitions to make meaningful use of the system. Home directories can
> take up a lot of space, depending on what the space is being used for.
> For example, I have a second largish partition on another drive, and I
> mount it as /storage, used (mostly) for backups and for media files
> that don't easily fit in my home directory (larger collections of
> videos, mpegs, that sort of thing.)
> LVM (which has been suggested) seems to obviate some of the setup
> space problems, making it easier to just resize volumes out of an
> existing pool rather than face the somewhat inevitable head-smacking
> reaction that accompanies the realization that some important
> partition was created with too small a size for realistic use.
> Often, but not always, larger systems will put system directories such
> as /tmp and /var on not only separate partitions, but separate drives
> as well.

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