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Re: partition table numberings

The only shrinking of lifetime is due to the rebooting.
Depending on your drive it has (for instance) 100000 MTBF.

Every reboot costs you an hour (rule of thumb) if the harddrive spins down before rebooting.

Other than that I would not worry, and a few reboots won't break your disc either.



Ritesh Raj Sarraf wrote:

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Steven wrote:

Hi, why didn't you just create free space and resize your original Linux
As for the partition table "error", I wouldn't expect disk damage.

HI Steven,

My actual swap was /dev/hda5 and my home dir was /dev/hda6.
I didn't want to risk my /home partition.
/usr/local partiton (/dev/hda7) was 4.2 GB which, at least in Debian, is
just too much, so I thought of resizing it. For that I had to shrink it to
2.7GB which gave me a new partition of 1.5GB

But my root partition was /dev/hda8. So the new swap partition got
numbered /dev/hda9. I got scared that my root could get screwed so I
deleted both /dev/hda7 (/usr/local/) and /dev/hda9(the other swap).
And voila, now a bigger problem. My root changed to /dev/hda7. parted did
warn me about it.

Then I went for a cigarette and calmed down. Then I figured out that it
wasn't anything bad AFAIK. Just the numbering got jumbled.
So I created the partitions again and this time making /usr/local again
2.7GB which got /dev/hda8 and the second swap partition which
got /dev/hda9.

The only thing I was worried of was wether this order would damage the dist.

/root (/dev/hda7) started at 2514 cylinders and ended at 3648 where
as /usr/local (/dev/hda8) started at 2159 and ended at 2513.

So you can see the reason why I was worried.

But I think everything is working okay. I already have done a couple of
reboots by now.

But just have a little bit of fear in the corner of my heart if this jumbled
partition order could damage or shrink the life of my hdd :-)

Thanks for replying.

- -- Ritesh Raj Sarraf
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