Re: Boot Drives for older Systems
On Tue, May 02, 2017 at 12:13:37PM -0500, Martin McCormick wrote:
> This drive will be booting Debian so my question is not totally
> off-topic. Some older P.C. BIOS programs will not boot any drive
> over 32GB. Can you get a larger drive, partition it with a 32 GB
> boot partition and expect it to work that way with the remainder
> of the drive available for more space such as /home?
Usually yes. The exception is that some BIOSes have problems
even recognizing the existence of a disk larger than X TB, where
X=2 or 3.
> Maybe a better form of this question is- Are there any
> unexpected gotchas likely in using SDA1 for the boot drive and
> SDA2-x for the rest? It will probably be SDA2 for most of the
> rest with SDA3 being extended and SDA5 swap.
No, this is perfectly normal.
> My 300 GB drive still works but it is around 8 years old and is a
> spinning electro mechanical type and it will fail some day about
> a millisecond after it was working perfectly.
That is the way these things go.
General reminders that you probably don't need, but someone will:
RAID is for uptime, backups are for recovery.
If you don't have an automatic backup, you probably don't have
a current backup.
If you don't store your backup in a format that you can read
without special hardware or software, you probably won't have
that hardware or software when you need it the most.