Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

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Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby Superguy2876 on Sat May 18, 2013 11:22 pm

I have a 64GB SSD, and a 1.5TBHDD.

Im wondering what is the best way to go about installing mint on these.
Is it possible to install mint on SSD for fast boot, and keep all the software i install on HDD?
Or some other way to do a similar thing?

Thank you for your time.
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Re: Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby passerby on Sat May 18, 2013 11:37 pm

Installed software probably won't take up a lot of your space. 10GB is more than enough for most people.
However, the config files and other data can take up a fair amount, so...
IMO, install mint on the SSD, but use the HDD for your /home partition.
Depending on your usage, you may be able to get away with putting everything on the SSD and just use the HDD for downloads, music, videos, ISO's, etc.
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Re: Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby catweazel on Sat May 18, 2013 11:38 pm

Yes, you can install Mint to the SSD. If you eventually want to use the SSD as a cache for the HDD then you will need a much newer kernel, 3.9 I believe.
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Re: Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby Superguy2876 on Sat May 18, 2013 11:47 pm

But if I install mint to the SSD, can I then install software to the HDD later on? If so how would i do it, and what format would the HDD have to be?
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Re: Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby passerby on Sun May 19, 2013 12:03 am

To install stuff to it, you'd have to use a linux format such as EXT4. I don't believe it would work with NTFS, so if you need to share files with a Windows OS, make a separate partition for that.
You can move the installed software later on. Not difficult with two disks, like you have; saves live booting and such.
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Re: Best way to install for a HDD/SSD combo

Postby Superguy2876 on Sun May 19, 2013 1:24 am

Thanks, I think I have a good idea of what i need to do now.
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