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post #21 of 42
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Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
What do you mean by "install programs" on another drive? Windows doesn't do that either.
I would just like to correct this blatantly wrong statement.

Yes, if you install programs through a normal installer you can choose what root directory or which folders you want the program to install.
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post #22 of 42
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Hi!

Just bought a Intel X25-M SSD 80GB, from a user on here, and I want to dualboot Windows 7 And Ubuntu 10.04, however because of the limited space on the SSD, I only want the necessary things on the drive, and have programs and other stuff on another HDD, its easy in Windows, I just selects another HDD when installing a program, however in Ubuntu I can't seem to find a way? :S
Yes, Windows can install programs to whatever folder you desire and it does this because it requires considerable numbers of files be installed in the Windows directory, User profile, numerous locations in what used to be called "Documents and Settings" and above all, the all eggs in one basket, the bloody Registry.

This "ability" comes at way too high a price because it becomes a house of cards all linked together. All it takes is one or two cards to come down and the whole system comes down. NOTE For all you Windows fanboys out there that will get enraged over this just meet me on IRC or give me your IP and I'll show you, "Just a little touchup" I don't hate Windows, but it isn't w/o problems and limitations so deal with it.

Linux OTOH is compartmentalized and has rigid control over proper structure exactly so it can tun "Mission Critical" where Blue Screen of Death might have literal meaning. No mere single application can be allowed enough power to bring down the base system,

So be glad Linux can't do this. TANSTAAFL
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Just got everything installed, now is there something I should do to ubuntu, to increase my SSD performance, like I should in Windows?
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Uhm that new filesystem, wouldn't I need to format again to replace ext4 with it?
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post #26 of 42
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I would just like to correct this blatantly wrong statement.

Yes, if you install programs through a normal installer you can choose what root directory or which folders you want the program to install.
Define "normal installer." Most people install through package managers and they provide no option of where to install. As I said in my post, you can choose where to install if you compile the program yourself. However, since the OP is not going to know how to do that (nor want to), I think what I said is accurate.

And I don't know much about Windows -- perhaps it is possible to choose where to install a program, but I really see no benefit whatsoever in doing so. Most binaries are pretty small. In reality, most disk space goes to things like personal files, music, movies, games.
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post #27 of 42
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Uhm that new filesystem, wouldn't I need to format again to replace ext4 with it?
Sorry I didn't catch you ealier, but you DO NOT want to use ext4 (or any journaling file system) on a SSD. Will take years off it's life span. Also, mount swap on the HDD.
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post #28 of 42
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Sorry I didn't catch you ealier, but you DO NOT want to use ext4 (or any journaling file system) on a SSD. Will take years off it's life span. Also, mount swap on the HDD.
The effect on the life of the drive is very small according to Theodore Ts'o (who is the creator of both ext3 and ext4), especially if the filesystem is mounted with the noatime option. He says the effect is between 4-12% depending on the workload.
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Why does ext4 kill SSDs?
    
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post #30 of 42
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Uhm that new filesystem, wouldn't I need to format again to replace ext4 with it?
Yes you would, I included the link because the improvement seemed so extreme it might be worthwhile to backup present and restore to new file system or even a reinstall. It's up to you. How badly do you need more speed in Linux?
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