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Date:      Sun, 14 Oct 2012 20:05:32 +0200
From:      Jos Chrispijn <>
To:        Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD9 - Fresh install (2)
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I was intending this on my 1TB hard disk (FreeBSD only):

Two slices of 500G

Slice one:
1g        /
4g        swap
7g        /var
1g        /tmp
487g      /var

Slice two:
500g      /backup

I question myself why I should use a 1TB hard disk, but it came with the 
hardware J-)
I might better use 2x350G hard disks, but the server I use can only 
physical contain one piece.

The slice one and two idea is perhaps Windows related, but I thought if 
I want to update my FreeBSD9 t0, let's say 10 or 11, I only have to 
clean slice one and put BSD on that again (having the backup slice 

Jos Chrispijn

> On Sat, 13 Oct 2012 19:59:22 +0200, Jos Chrispijn wrote:
>> When setting up my 1TB harddisk for FreeBSD 9.0, I have some questions
>> about partioning:
>> I think of creating two partitions of 5Gb; one for the standard FreeBSD
>> file layour and a second one with a /backup slice on it.
>> Does this make sense?
> What exactly do you intend to backup (and why) onto a second
> partition on the same disk? Sure, it is possible to do so,
> but you should make yourself clear _what_ you want to do and
> why, then it will imply _how_ will do it the best way -- even
> though there might be more than one best way... :-)
> Also depending on your needs, 5GB may be too few to hold a full
> installation of OS and programs (even though I've managed to
> get a full 5.2 installation plus tons of programs on a 6 GB disk,
> with 50% of free space afterwards).
> What do you do with the remaining 900 GB of the disk? :-)
> Also, please make yourself familiar with the terminology of what
> a partitions and what a slice is, and see it in the proper context
> of MBR vs. GPT partitioning.
> If I take your use of the TT (termini technici) literally, you
> would have one partition containing everything rooted to /, and
> a second partition that contains the same. You would either manually
> have a backup mechanism from the 1st to the 2nd partition, or you
> could configure them in some automated mirroring mechanism. But
> I don't see a real use case when doing so on the _same_ disk.
> Still it would be possible, and it could even be helpful in some
> bad case scenario.

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