Re: [LAU] partition table

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Date: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 5:54 pm

On 17 December 2010 23:01, rosea.grammostola
wrote:

Yes and no. If this 'audio' partition is created with a filesystem
suitable for handling a lot of medium-sized files (samples) and
sometimes large ones (long recordings), then there is a little
improvement. For eg. on Windows, NTFS with an allocation unit size of
64K, I/O can be more reliable since access is faster than going
through 4K clusters. HFS+ can scale very well, so on a Mac I keep
everything at that. On Linux, you may benefit equally using a
filesystem such as ReiserFS, but don't quote me on this. Similarly,
your /var can use XFS, and /home EXT4. I don't know how BTRFS scales -
never used it.

With all that said, the difference is still negligible. The only real
improvement gained is from using a separate hard disk where you save
your projects, and where your audio work files like samples are
stored. Internal disks should definitely be superior, but external via
USB/FireWire still helps. The reason is obvious; your disks spin
independently.

I don't like to partition myself because I see no real benefit. I just
organise it in such a way that my 'system' partition remains
independent from the 'data' partition. As such, I only allocate a
small portion to the system, and the rest to the data. Currently on
the laptop that I have, it's like:

60 GB - NTFS, default allocation, Windows system
128 GB - NTFS, 64K allocation, shared data
40 GB - EXT4, defaults, Linux system

Don't mind the Windows, this is a borrowed machine. My own laptop had
only 1 40GB system partition and the rest of the 320GB for data, both
EXT4. I also like to symlink folders in $HOME from the data partition
(even a ~/.bin with my personal executables), so essentially I do not
use $HOME for permanent storage. I copy configs periodically to a UFD.
I never reinstall my system so I don't particularly have any need for
$HOME backups. Storing them on a UFD only serves the purpose of new
installations on different machines.

I recently got myself a WD Passport Elite 500GB, formatted it to NTFS
w/ default allocation (because 64K causes hiccups on reads via USB
from what I observe), and the r/w performance is great.

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[LAU] partition table, rosea.grammostola, (Fri Dec 17, 3:01 pm)
Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Fri Dec 24, 11:22 am)
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Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Fri Dec 24, 6:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Sat Dec 25, 1:49 am)
Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Fernando Lopez-Lezcano, (Sat Dec 25, 2:22 am)
Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Fri Dec 24, 4:20 pm)
Re: [LAU] Which SATA drive? Size? [Was: Re: partition table], Jörn Nettingsmeier, (Fri Dec 24, 6:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Peder Hedlund, (Mon Dec 20, 1:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Jeremy, (Sat Dec 18, 7:45 am)
Re: [LAU] partition table, david, (Sat Dec 18, 7:01 am)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Arnold Krille, (Sat Dec 18, 9:05 am)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Jeremy Jongepier, (Fri Dec 17, 8:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Ray Rashif, (Fri Dec 17, 5:54 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, fred, (Fri Dec 17, 4:57 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Arnold Krille, (Fri Dec 17, 4:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Joe Hartley, (Fri Dec 17, 3:33 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Jostein Chr. Andersen, (Fri Dec 17, 3:30 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Philipp Überbacher, (Fri Dec 17, 3:19 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, rosea.grammostola, (Fri Dec 17, 3:22 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Jeremy Jongepier, (Fri Dec 17, 8:21 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Folderol, (Fri Dec 17, 9:02 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Florian Faber, (Fri Dec 17, 3:18 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Fri Dec 17, 3:14 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Gabriel M. Beddingfield, (Fri Dec 17, 3:09 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Mark Knecht, (Fri Dec 17, 3:08 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, rosea.grammostola, (Fri Dec 17, 3:19 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Mark Knecht, (Fri Dec 17, 3:49 pm)
Re: [LAU] partition table, Andrew C, (Fri Dec 17, 3:07 pm)