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asked 2016-03-30 18:28:13 -0500

Zyian gravatar image

I would like to install Fedora across two hard drives, Main OS on a 60gb SSD, and other data (Games, Documents, Pictures, Applications, etc.) on a 1TB HDD.

My question is when I'm going through the partitioning during installation which points will have to be on the same drive and which dictates the personal data part. ( / , /home, /swap , etc.)

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answered 2016-03-30 19:29:20 -0500

The personal data part is /home.

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However @Zyian keep in mind that certain parts of software you install will go in places such as /usr/bin for example. By default when you install a piece of software, not all its files go to /home.

ifohancroft gravatar imageifohancroft ( 2016-03-31 04:11:20 -0500 )edit

Thanks for the information! I'm guessing to solve the /usr/bin I can create a symbolic link between the drives.

Zyian gravatar imageZyian ( 2016-03-31 07:43:44 -0500 )edit

After/if you get the files the software needs in your home folder and make it work, to be able to easily execute/call them from the cli utilizing your $PATH and search places, yeah you can create symbolic links of them, in /usr/bin. If you find a way to install software automatically in your home folder etc (with all its files there, not in /usr/bin, /usr/share and stuff) let me know as I am interested in how that would be done.

ifohancroft gravatar imageifohancroft ( 2016-03-31 14:00:15 -0500 )edit

You shouldn't need to worry about symlinks and PATH to make this work. 60GB would be hard to fill with only software. The bulky files - music, videos, documents, etc all go in your home folder, where you will have plenty of space from the 1TB spinning drive.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2016-03-31 22:41:57 -0500 )edit

answered 2016-03-31 04:17:04 -0500

anishjp gravatar image

Any nicely written article on this topic linux on SSD

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What I don't like in this article is that they recommend "live trimming" by adding discard to /etc/fstab. That puts an extra amount of workload to your SSD. Fedora has a nice fstrim.service (and timer), and I recommend reading and following this one instead.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-03-31 11:04:51 -0500 )edit

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