Partitioning-> OK to have the 1st Primary as MBR, Grub and (/) of primary OS?
From man fdisk:
Linux needs at least one partition, namely for its root file system.
It can use swap files and/or swap partitions, but the latter are more
efficient. So, usually one will want a second Linux partition dedicated
as swap partition. On Intel compatible hardware, the BIOS that boots
the system can often only access the first 1024 cylinders of the disk.
For this reason people with large disks often create a third partition,
just a few MB large, typically mounted on /boot, to store the kernel
image and a few auxiliary files needed at boot time, so as to make sure
that this stuff is accessible to the BIOS. There may be reasons of
security, ease of administration and backup, or testing, to use more
than the minimum number of partitions.
/dev/sda1 *boot 1 2432 19530752 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 2432 38914 293038081 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 2432 22062 157677568 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 38184 38914 5859328 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 22382 25047 21412109+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 25049 27202 17301973+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 27335 29926 20820208+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 30076 32651 20691688+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 32774 35384 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/sda12 35514 38060 20458746 83 Linux
So, on my Intel machine my /dev/sda1 partition holds the MBR, Grub2, and the (/) partition of my primary install.
Would it be better, (with my new drive I am replacing the old one out with), to make a small first Primary Boot partition on the drive, as mentioned in man fdisk?
Or, it is OK to continue with partitioning like I have now, for my Linux only installs?
Last edited by mikodo; April 22nd, 2013 at 07:17 AM.
Reason: Mark as solved
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