Why use multiple partitions on Linux installations?
I'm building a new computer and want to maximize the performance of each component.
In the past, I've generally partitioned my hard drives into multiple primary and extended logical volumes. I do this to accommodate several operating systems.
Now, the question I'd like to ask is will having multiple volumes in the manner described negatively impact overall performance of the drive?
The drive in question is a WD Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB drive connecting to a SATA III 6Gb/S controller.
My partitioning scheme as currently planned:
/dev/sda /sda1 (Windows XP, NTFS, 25GB) /sda2 (Windows 7, NTFS, 50GB) /sda3 (Linux root, EXT4, 25GB) /sda4 (extended) /sda4(1) (Linux /home, ETX4, 400GB) /sda4(2) (Generic storage, NTFS, 525GB)