Re: fdisk, parted, problems and questions.
I am a bit crazy about partitions and keep changing them, about twice a
year, my wife won't generally let me near her PC.
I saw somewhere that data at end/center of disk has slower I/O so I put
hdx4 there with a bootable Linux-fix-RIP partition containing all backup
data, I keep this to about 5GB for dumping to a DVD. My grub-boot stuff
is kept there.
hdx1 generally has some WinJunk partition which I hardly ever use.
hdx2 for testing
Depending on PC, I may also have a vfat and another reiserfs partition.
I recently rebuilt three thinkpads and a desktop to above format to keep
them all similar, otherwise it was hard tracking what I was doing.
I did it also to a USB-hd and a spare hd for thinkpad and reformatted it
That USB-hd is even bootable, I solved, at least for Debian, a full
bootable Linux on sda6. The sda4-fix-RIP-reiserfs won't boot all the way
yet, but the RIP-img-vfat will boot on sda1 (DSL would do likewise).
Whatever you do BACKUP and BACKUP first and often.