I recently bought a new WesternDigital drive (WD7500BPKT - 750 GB, advanced format drive 4KB sectors instead of 512B) and I'd like to install Debian on it (never did it before). To keep some consistency with respect to (wrt) some apps I'm using and my work I'd like to virtualize my current installation (XP Pro) and run also another virtual machine (Win7) under Debian. To add some security layer I'd like to encrypt the drive (full drive encryption) probably with TrueCrypt. So here are my questions:
- Do I need to take some action wrt. WD being advanced format drive? I know some partition alignment is needed before XP installation and that it should be fine for newer systems but don't have a clue how it is regarding XP running in virtual machine (probably VMWare)?
- What is the best time for full disk encryption - before the Debian installation or after? Is it good idea at all?
- Do you have experience with installation and running Debian on a Thinkpad T60 (model 2007)? Could you maybe link your steps if they are recorded somewhere? Have you been able to make all the peripherals work (wireless, touchpad, fingerprint reader, Fn keys etc.)?
- Could you please recommend how to do partitioning for Debian (how big swap partition do I need, which partitions is good to have separate - I mean swap, root, /home ...)?