I recently installed Arch Linux on an Intel 40GB SSD. I used GPT for partioning (via GNU parted) and created the following partions:
- /dev/sda1 : 1 MB, no FS, flag=bios_grub
- /dev/sda2 : 30MB, /boot, ext2, flag=boot
- /dev/sda3 : 20GB, /home, ext4
- /dev/sda4 : ~20GB, /, ext4
After struggling to install grub2 from the livecd environment (which I finally did via
grub-install /dev/sda --root-directory=/mnt/ --no-floppy --force) I got a working system.
However, when I was inspecting disk usage with
df I noticed that my home partition had around 170MB of used space on it. This surprised me because the only things on /home were one users .bashrc, .bash_history, and .lesshst.
du confirmed that there was only a few KB of space being used on /home.
df report approximately 170MB being used when
du does not? Is this space "gone forever", or can I regain it by repartioning and/or reinstalling?
When I installed grub2 it said something along the lines of "your embed area is too small", and that I could "use BLOCKLISTS, but BLOCKLISTS are UNRELIABLE". In the end the only way I could get a system booting from the SSD was to use blocklists via the grub-install --force flag. Is this related to the mysterious missing 170MB?