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asked 2015-08-26 16:02:37 -0500

SweaterNinja gravatar image

I'm installing fedora on my laptop. it has 2 hard drives a small SSD and a large HDD. Normally i would be able to use bios and raid them, However my laptop apparently cant do that. It used an ASUS boot loader so all new info would be written to the SSD quicker than transferred to the Larger HDD. I would like to have a similar setup with fedora. I thought about just installing Fedora on the SSD but its really small.

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You can install boot and / on the ssd and use the hdd for your home if the ssd is over 20 G will be a good solution another way will be to add a /var partition on the hdd to slim the root.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2015-08-26 16:53:12 -0500 )edit

The kind of RAID setup you're referring to is generally known as 'fakeraid' and generally considered an unsafe way to store data (reading about dangers of RAID0 is an exercise left to the reader). I've seen many reports that specific kind of firmware raid that pairs an SSD with a spinning drive isn't supported by linux, although that may have changed. Either way, you're better off using the SSD for the root filesystem, if it's large enough (how large is it, anyway) or maybe something more exotic - we'd need more info to say.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-08-27 00:40:48 -0500 )edit

Its 24Gb from what i've read since posting the question is that windows came installed on the larger HDD and the SSD was used only as a cashe. I have since installed fedora on the SSD and and i'm having difficulty getting started ( formatting and partitioning the HDD) I'm completely new to fedora...

SweaterNinja gravatar imageSweaterNinja ( 2015-08-29 13:53:04 -0500 )edit

I'm having trouble following - partitioning happens as part of the installation process, you said you have fedora installed, and you are also having trouble partitioning during installation? What trouble? Some context would help.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2015-08-31 00:47:55 -0500 )edit

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answered 2015-08-27 06:43:20 -0500

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If you have SDD larger than 15-20GB I would suggest using that as your / partition and HDD as your /home. That size should be more than enough for the system and that way you'll get the benefit of fast system with enough storage for your files.

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how would i go about doing that. my SSD is 24GB. I'm a noob.

SweaterNinja gravatar imageSweaterNinja ( 2015-08-29 13:53:57 -0500 )edit

When installing your system you have a choice to manually partition your drives,select that and in partition manager create your standard partitions. When you create partition you'll have an option to select its mountpoint, there you can assign partition on your SSD to / and partition on your HDD on /home.

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-29 14:21:46 -0500 )edit

It worked. thanks.

SweaterNinja gravatar imageSweaterNinja ( 2015-08-29 19:35:19 -0500 )edit

No problem, glad it helped!

masteroman gravatar imagemasteroman ( 2015-08-30 05:10:48 -0500 )edit

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