Server on small HDDs

James McNeill james at
Tue Sep 17 14:13:02 EST 2002

A full install of RH 7.3 just to run samba seems a bit excessive. If 
it's just a server you won't need 1.2gb for /usr. Go for a basic install 
of Debian or so. Just to run as a file server shouldn't take up much 
room at all.(well smaller than 1Gb)
If you want a bit more performance, you could devote an entire HDD to 
swap. ;)
could then use the remaining HD to host the files you wish to share with 
but go for software RAID if you want something more exciting!


Scott D. Ferguson wrote:

>I would like to install Linux onto an old computer (P120) which has 3 hdds (2 x 1.2Gb 1 x 1Gb), and use it as a server for a small network (Samba but not Apache).  Any suggestions for the most effecient way to partition the drives?
>I will probably use RedHat 7.3.  
>I have previously partioned hda (1.2Gb) as 20Mb boot, 256MB swap and remainder as /. 
>hdb (1Gb) as /var.
>hdc (1.2Gb) as /usr.
>With such limited space I would like to use the space more efficiently - should I try some sort of RAID arrangement?  (RAID 0?)
>My programming skills are minimal, though I have lots of patience (have previously installed Debian on a PS/2 (MCA bus with no scuzzy drives).
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