I havn’t used openSUSE or linux, probably for a good 5 years. Either a 10 or 11.1 was the last version. I’m looking at adding a new drive for a smal Windows 7 for only the apps or games that only a physical Win7 install can provide. I still have some knowledge and experience with partitioning but I haven’t done it across multiple drives for a desktop. Server seems easier.
What I have now:
750-1 - Primary boot with a System, Users and just an extra partition
750-2 - All one partition, games, videos, VMs, etc. (jack of all trades)
What I want to do is setup the two 750s for openSUSE. I will have game, videos, VMs on one partition, might even just be /home, not sure.
I want to add a 250GB drive for Windows 7
My thought is…
250 - Primary boot drive with Windows 7
750-1 - /boot 512M / 20-30GB /extra for the rest
750-2 - swap 10 GB /home
Another thought is to have
750-1 - /boot 512M / 20-30GB /home ~200GB /extra rest
750-2 - swap 10 GB /foobar rest of the drive (/foobar just equals misc.)
The second one mostly resembles my Win7 setup but 750-2 is one partition, no swap or separate pagefile drive. Extra is mostly misc. Foobar is misc with games, videos, VMs, etc. I’ll sometimes encode video from foobar to extra or do large compression or any other large output to input across Extra and Foobar for efficiency.
The 250GB will be for Win7 but I’m not sure if that should be before the 750s or after as far as physical connections across SATA0, SATA1 and SATA2. Would it be best to put the 750s (SATA 0 and 1) before the 250 (SATA2), install Win 7 on the 250 (SATA2) as a third drive and then openSUSE on the 1st 750 or have the 250 first, install Win 7 on it and then openSUSE on the 1st 750 which physically would be the second drive, SATA1.
I’m leaning toward my second possible setup with Win 7 on 250GB on SATA0, installing Win7 first and then opensuse second. I think the whole disks and install order is what I’m mostly wondering about. I also think I should put swap on the same drive as / for hibernation.
Any guidence or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!