I would like to do an encrypted install of Ubuntu on a 2 Terabyte drive (i.e., using LUKS/DMcrypt).
In order to not have to type in passwords too often, the partitioning scheme will be 50 GB for
/ and about 1 TB for
/home (and the rest for Windows 7), just for clarity.
Even though by now LVM is regarded as being stable, I don't want to bother having more room for errors by introducing unnecessary layers of complexity.
For both Ubuntu partitions I want encrypted ext3 with the default blocksize of ext3 (4k?).
When I look at most partition schemes here on this site or elsewhere, I usually see at most about 400 or 500 GB partitions (maybe I didn't see enough). There may be different reasons for this, but is reliability an issue here?
Are larger ext3 partitions, like about 1 TB, harder to handle for the OS or filesystem driver or at some other level? If I make the partition too large, will it be harder to repair in case of corruptions? Are there some default settings for ext3 that I should change for 1 TB partitions?
What maximum partition size for ext3 do you recommend and why?