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HOWTO: Multi Disk System Tuning

Stein Gjoen,

v0.31 , 24 July 2000

This document describes how best to use multiple disks and partitions for a Linux system. Although some of this text is Linux specific the general approach outlined here can be applied to many other multi tasking operating systems.

1. Introduction

2. Structure

3. Drive Technologies

4. File System Structure

5. File Systems

6. Technologies

7. Other Operating Systems

8. Clusters

9. Mount Points

10. Considerations and Dimensioning

11. Disk Layout

12. Implementation

13. Maintenance

14. Advanced Issues

15. Troubleshooting

16. Further Information

17. Getting Help

18. Concluding Remarks

19. Questions and Answers

20. Bits and Pieces

21. Appendix A: Partitioning Layout Table: Mounting and Linking

22. Appendix B: Partitioning Layout Table: Numbering and Sizing

23. Appendix C: Partitioning Layout Table: Partition Placement

24. Appendix D: Example: Multipurpose Server

25. Appendix E: Example: Mounting and Linking

26. Appendix F: Example: Numbering and Sizing

27. Appendix G: Example: Partition Placement

28. Appendix H: Example II

29. Appendix I: Example III: SPARC Solaris

30. Appendix J: Example IV: Server with 4 Drives

31. Appendix K: Example V: Dual Drive System

32. Appendix L: Example VI: Single Drive System

33. Appendix M: Disk System Documenter

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