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Here is how I am currently set up:

640gb WD Cav Black: 70gb for Windows 7/rest for storage

320gb WD Cav blue: 20gb SUSE/rest with Vista(never use it, it's taking up precious space)

Now for my question/suggestions: I am going to reformat tonight after work so i can re-manage my boot options (see my other post on this here) and possibly add a 2nd *nix distro (maybe deleting Vista in the process to free up space). What would be the best/most efficient (disk access time wise) to allocate for OS/storage? Should I leave 1 whole drive just for storage? Or is the way i have it now OK? The only reason I did it the way I did was because I wanted Win7 on the faster, more reliable Cav Black. However, after having my rig up for some time, it seems like I have things in a little too much disarray.

I would really only like to allocate a small portion of drive space to the OS's themselves, freeing up as much *storage* as possible (space designated/labeled specifically as such)

*note* I am contemplating purchasing another 640 Cav Black so I can go RAID 0. It may be soon, may not be soon.
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- putting your OS on a small partition at the start of the drive is called Short Stroking, so that's a benefit as long as you're not constantly accessing the remaining portion
- your Black is faster than your Blue, so having your OS there is better

Given those two facts, create two smaller partitions on the Black for your OS's, and use the remainder, plus the blue, for storage. In fact, if you don't need that extra space daily, I suggest using the blue only for storage, and use the remaining space on the black for backup of storage, so it's not in use except when you're backing up.

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- putting your OS on a small partition at the start of the drive is called Short Stroking, so that's a benefit as long as you're not constantly accessing the remaining portion
- your Black is faster than your Blue, so having your OS there is better

Given those two facts, create two smaller partitions on the Black for your OS's, and use the remainder, plus the blue, for storage. In fact, if you don't need that extra space daily, I suggest using the blue only for storage, and use the remaining space on the black for backup of storage, so it's not in use except when you're backing up.

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HA! So I've been short stroking all along and i didn't even know it. I've been meaning to look up what it was, but I thought it had something to do with RAID, so I didn't bother (at least until I get the loot to buy another HD).

Everything else you said, though, was what I was thinking, but I hadn't settled on it yet. I was going to wait to sit down and actually do it/fiddle around with it before making my mind up.

So, in summation: use the Blue for *daily* storage (accessing music/media files through *x* music player), and the storage partition of the black ONLY for periodic backups (thus maximizing drive access time?)?
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Yup! If you use the remainder of the black drive for frequent access, you negate the benefits of short stroking.

In reality, however, unless you're streaming from storage and playing a game or loading a high-performance app. simultaneously, you probably won't notice much difference!
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i allocate 40gigs for my XP and 50gigs for 7 i just installed
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Ok, so I sat down to do it and changed plans. I decided to a) get rid of Vista and b) migrate SUSE to my Cav Black.

This is where i run into trouble. I wanted to NOT have to format, so I shrank the storage partition, creating a 40gb partition in which to allocate for SUSE. I went to install on said drive, and was only brought with the option to create "/" and "/home" diectory, with "/" being ~15gb and "/home" being ~25gb.....no swap available. i tried (using the SUSE installer) to create a new partition, but it gave me an error about not being able to edit device /sda (the Cav Black).

*note: at the time, I had not formatted the freed space, just shrank it, so it was viewed by Linux as an "extended" partition. i have since formatted (via Winblows), but have yet to attempt the install again. (I get up early and work late, i only have ~3 hours free time after work)

How do I enable creation of the swap? i would like to just make "home" 20gb and the other 4-5gb for the swap, but how?
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