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Why partitioning?

  1. Better performance when fsck (check and repair filesystem) is needed.
  2. Crashing of one filesystem (partition) does not affect the others
  3. Backup made easy
  4. Using different version of the same filesystem made easy.

There is no general rules of partitioning that fit all situations. Plan according to your specific requirements.

To partition harddisk, you need fdisk. Assuming that you need 2 equal partitions, here is a demonstration.

Summary of basic fdisk commands


A scenario:

System Administrator
Thu Jul 26 10:50:59 HKT 2001