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    Default ¿Documents folder in a separate partition and disk?

    Hi,

    I am going to install Suse in a desktop with a smaller SSD disk and a larger "normal" disk. I thought of putting the large disk as /home but it may be much faster to put /home in the smaller disk (probably about 100 GB); in that case I would want to have the large disk as the place to put documents (950 GB). Is there a good reason not to mount a separate disk as /home/username/Documents? I also thought of mounting it as a subfolder of that, like /home/username/Documents/mydocs, but it looks unnecessarily complicated.

    Just in case it matters, I was planning 20 GB for / (fast disk), a couple of GB for /var, etc.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    David

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    Well most programs are loaded from root so home data is pretty static. If you want fast program loads then root should be on the SSD.

    There are isssues with DDS's so you should read up on it. Do a search in here on SSD there are some good thread about setting them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidse View Post
    Hi,

    I am going to install Suse in a desktop with a smaller SSD disk and a larger "normal" disk. I thought of putting the large disk as /home but it may be much faster to put /home in the smaller disk (probably about 100 GB); in that case I would want to have the large disk as the place to put documents (950 GB). Is there a good reason not to mount a separate disk as /home/username/Documents? I also thought of mounting it as a subfolder of that, like /home/username/Documents/mydocs, but it looks unnecessarily complicated.

    Just in case it matters, I was planning 20 GB for / (fast disk), a couple of GB for /var, etc.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    David
    Depends on some variables:
    - Are you the single normal user on the system?
    - Sizes of the disks, things like "smaller" and "larger" mean nothing.

    I'll assume we're talking about a 120 GB SSD, a 1 TB HDD. I'd do it like this:
    SSD
    - swap -> 4GB
    - / -> 30 GB
    - /home -> rest of the SSD
    HDD
    - one parition same size as /home's partition, for backups of /home
    - /data -> rest of the HDD

    On /data I'd create folders for Music, Video, other space consuming stuff. Post-install would be to replace the Music and Video folders in my useraccount by symlinks to the folders in /data.
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    Thanks to both, sorry I didn't give more details.

    I remember reading about SSD some time ago, I don't recall much of what I read but as a result I put root in the SSD the first time I used one. I will search more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Depends on some variables:
    - Sizes of the disks, things like "smaller" and "larger" mean nothing.

    I'll assume we're talking about a 120 GB SSD, a 1 TB HDD. I'd do it like this:
    In fact those are my actual sizes, and there is only one user in reality.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    - /data -> rest of the HDD

    On /data I'd create folders for Music, Video, other space consuming stuff. Post-install would be to replace the Music and Video folders in my useraccount by symlinks to the folders in /data.
    Why not symlinking /data to /home/username/Documents directly? What you suggest is fine, except that one would need to remember to create a symlink whenever a new folder were to be created in Documents.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidse View Post
    Thanks to both, sorry I didn't give more details.

    I remember reading about SSD some time ago, I don't recall much of what I read but as a result I put root in the SSD the first time I used one. I will search more.



    In fact those are my actual sizes, and there is only one user in reality.



    Why not symlinking /data to /home/username/Documents directly? What you suggest is fine, except that one would need to remember to create a symlink whenever a new folder were to be created in Documents.

    David
    I did not opt for "Documents" since I've never seen a ~1 TB sized Documents folder, yet have seen dozens of Music and Video folders of double that size. I would keep the Documents folder on the SSD, and use the HDD for mediafiles, downloads etc.
    On Windows the user's music and video folders reside in Documents and Settings....... On linux one has /home/username and that contains Documents, Music, Video, Downloads, each for their own purpose.

    What you could do is this:
    HDD
    partition 1 - #GB - mount on /home/username/Music
    partition 2 - #GB - mount on /home/username/Video

    Being able to create files has nothing to do with this. The symlink is to the Documents folder in /data, so if you would create a folder in /home/username/Documents, the actual fysical creation of the folder would be in /data/Documents.
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    This page is a little old but it should not be to different today

    https://en.opensuse.org/SDB:SSD_performance

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    On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:16:03 +0000, davidse wrote:

    > I am going to install Suse in a desktop with a smaller SSD disk and a
    > larger "normal" disk. I thought of putting the large disk as /home but
    > it may be much faster to put /home in the smaller disk (probably about
    > 100 GB); in that case I would want to have the large disk as the place
    > to put documents (950 GB). Is there a good reason not to mount a
    > separate disk as /home/username/Documents? I also thought of mounting it
    > as a subfolder of that, like /home/username/Documents/mydocs, but it
    > looks unnecessarily complicated.


    Why not just put the /home partition on the large drive? That is more
    typical, and then if you create more users for some reason, their home
    directories will be created (by default) on the large drive.

    Jim



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    Thanks to all. I usually have all my documents (meaning also videos, music, pics, and so on) inside Documents, so I had forgotten the initial setup.

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:16:03 +0000, davidse wrote:
    Why not just put the /home partition on the large drive? That is more
    typical, and then if you create more users for some reason, their home
    directories will be created (by default) on the large drive.
    I was under the impression that things would be faster the more I put in the SSD. I wanted to leave out Documents but maybe that's not the best thing to do.

    David

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    On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:36:03 +0000, davidse wrote:

    > Thanks to all. I usually have all my documents (meaning also videos,
    > music, pics, and so on) inside Documents, so I had forgotten the initial
    > setup.
    >
    > hendersj;2538175 Wrote:
    >> On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:16:03 +0000, davidse wrote:
    >> Why not just put the /home partition on the large drive? That is more
    >> typical, and then if you create more users for some reason, their home
    >> directories will be created (by default) on the large drive.
    >>
    >>

    > I was under the impression that things would be faster the more I put in
    > the SSD. I wanted to leave out Documents but maybe that's not the best
    > thing to do.


    I think the increase in performance with stuff in your home directory on
    the SSD would generally be negligible - my inclination would be to use a
    default partitioning scheme, with /home on a separate partition. That
    simplifies a lot of things, including upgrades.

    Jim



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    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:36:03 +0000, davidse wrote:
    I think the increase in performance with stuff in your home directory on
    the SSD would generally be negligible - my inclination would be to use a
    default partitioning scheme, with /home on a separate partition. That
    simplifies a lot of things, including upgrades.
    /home was going to be a separate partition from root anyway so upgrades would be easy; I just thought of splitting it further, putting some in the SSD. I think now, after all the comments in this thread and what I have read in other ones, that I will just put all /home together (I like the idea of a separate backup partition for it as it was suggested here, but this halves the space so need to calculate first).

    Thanks to everyone

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