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Re: question re: removing all traces of Windows ME OS

Kent West wrote:

Other advantages of multiple partitions:

* If a partition fills up (say, a logging process starts spewing out log entries by the millions), it only fills up that partition, rather than "all" partitions, which provides less chance of file system corruption/damage/lockups/etc.

* You can mount certain partitions read-only, such as / and /etc, which helps to prevent tinkering or accidental changes to system files.

* During system maintenance, it's typically safer to mount only the partitions you need to maintain/work with.

* It's easier to reconfigure a single partition or two than an entire filesystem.

* There may be some slight enhancement of security from hackers to have multiple partitions.

About the only disadvantages of multiple platforms:

* If you size them wrong to begin with (too small, and they'll fill up; too large, and it's wasted disk space), it can be problematic to resize them.

* It's a little more complex to set up (plan the sizes, names, make sure /etc/fstab is correct, etc).

Since the new Debian installer (pre-rc2) supports boot setups using LVM, these are no longer a big problem. Many people do not use LVM on desktop systems, because they associate it with servers (and their huge storage requirements, with multi-disk setups and such), but LVM can offer some real benefits for desktop users, too.

Of course, having the tools to correct mistakes done during the planning phase is nice, but you should always try to get it right the first time, because all maintenance in your file systems has the potential for data loss. Also, you cannot resize live filesystems (with some notable exceptions, including ReiserFS), so if your root filesystem blows up, you will have to boot using a rescue CD or similar tool to repair your system.

Anyway, just my $0.02 to this discussion.

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