This is going to be a question about your opinions on setting up a new laptop with both a regular 1TB HDD and a 250G SSD. Let's suppose that...
/dev/sda = 1,000 GB HDD (931 TiB) /dev/sdb = 250 GB SSD (232 TiB)
It is my understanding that many people use this method:
/dev/sdb1 --> /boot /dev/sdb2 --> / [root] /dev/sda1 --> /home /dev/sda2 --> /swap
Or use it without a separate /boot partition
/dev/sdb1 --> / (root) /dev/sda1 --> /home /dev/sda2 --> /swap
I know that the speed of SSDs is the main reason why most would want their root to be on that device but doesn't a 250 GB /boot and / completely overkill? I could never fill up 250GB worth of system files and folders.
Would a possible configuration be the following:
/dev/sda1 --> /boot /dev/sda2 --> / [root] /dev/sda3 --> /home /dev/sda4 --> /swap /dev/sdb1 --> [something else like frequently used media files avaiable to all users]
Or the same without a dedicated boot partition, where
/dev/sda1 has the
/dev/sda1 --> / (root)
/dev/sda2 --> /home
/dev/sda3 --> /swap
/dev/sdb1 --> [something else like frequently used media files available to all users]
Or putting Swap on the SSD, where
/dev/sda1 has the
/dev/sda1 --> / [root] /dev/sda2 --> /home /dev/sdb1 --> /swap /dev/sdb2 --> [something else like frequently used media files available to all users]
Something else entirely
/dev/sda1 --> ? /dev/sda2 --> ? /dev/sdb1 --> ? /dev/sdb2 --> ?
I can keep listing the possibilities, but I'm positive you should get the gist by now.
Are there other partitioning schemes when using a laptop (or desktop) with both an internal HDD and internal SSD? I suppose that when
/ (root) is installed on the SSD, I could install several different distros which use the HDD as a common
/home along with
/swap being on either the HDD or SSD.
I'd really appreciate it if your suggestions are not to just the partitioning schematic but also an explanation of why you are suggesting it. Which scheme do you use? Why did you pick it? If you could go back, would you do it differently next time? I have never used a computer with two internal storage disks before and am very curious about using them both the most proficiently.