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    This Partitioning OK?

    Im about to buy a new server, Cpanel RHE 3 with two 200gb hard disks and dual 2.4 xeons, and was just wanted to confirm if this partitioning structure is ok..

    HD 1:
    Partition 3: /var/log (50GB)
    Partition 2: /tmp (10GB)
    Partition 1: all other directories except /home (140GB)

    HD 2:
    /home (200GB)

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    50 GB for logs and 10 GB for temp? That's a lot of wasted space.
    Jim Reardon - jim/amusive.com

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    well.. what else am i going to use it for? as far as I am aware cpanel wont let you have two /home directories?

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    You can also have it setup as RAID0 and get one drive of 400gigs. If you can get a 3rd drive in their, you can get RAID5 which will also give you 400gigs usuable with fault tollerance
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    ok great, thanks for the info on RAID

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    Cpanel supports (I believe) having /home and, say, /home2. Put accounts on /home for a while then switch over to using /home2.

    I think.

    Or get RAID0. Or, instead of wasting your space, offer some redundancy using RAID1
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    My recommendation is RAID5 over 1 .. 1 is two hardrives and you utilize 50% of the space... RAID5, uses (space of drive)X(number of drives - 1)

    So if you have 8harddrives of 200gigs each, in raid5, you will have 7x200= 1400gigs usuable and still have the redundancy. Note.... RAID1 is also redundant but wastefull.

    We use RAID5 + HOT SPARE on our servers.... so lets say you have 4x200gigs drives (400gig usuable)... in RAID5 + HOT SPARE... you can lose one drive and the hotspare takes over and then lose another drive.... so essentially you have a 2 drive fault tollerant system... Then, simply pop bad drives out, new in, and the RAID will rebuild...
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    Im going to get RAID 0 and have it like this..


    Partition: /var/log (9GB)
    Partition: /tmp (1GB)
    Partition: /home (370GB)
    Partition: all other directories except /home (20GB)

    that ok?

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    Originally posted by bizness
    My recommendation is RAID5 over 1 .. 1 is two hardrives and you utilize 50% of the space... RAID5, uses (space of drive)X(number of drives - 1)

    So if you have 8harddrives of 200gigs each, in raid5, you will have 7x200= 1400gigs usuable and still have the redundancy. Note.... RAID1 is also redundant but wastefull.

    We use RAID5 + HOT SPARE on our servers.... so lets say you have 4x200gigs drives (400gig usuable)... in RAID5 + HOT SPARE... you can lose one drive and the hotspare takes over and then lose another drive.... so essentially you have a 2 drive fault tollerant system... Then, simply pop bad drives out, new in, and the RAID will rebuild...
    RAID5 only works on 3+ drives from what I've read.

    Also, RAID5 significantly degrades write performances. On standard webhosting I guess that's not a problem, but often it can create more load than the reliability is worth.
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    Now that is a problem. The larger hard drives get, the more problems end users have with them. One of the first ones is how to partition them, and the second largest - what to use all that space for I doubt you will ever use 25% of all that space unless you'll be using it as a server to store some downloadable files. Just makes no sense really getting such huge drives IMO unless you really have a use for them. Do you?

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    yup, i certainly do. I have a few sites to host on it including my very large photo gallery

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    Hi, I would have something like:

    / - 10GB
    /boot - 50MB
    /tmp - 2GB
    /var - 2GB
    /home - 100GB

    Then simply use LVM which upon no space in say /tmp or /var LVM will add more space (You need to configure it to do this)

    And then for your secondry hard drive, have concurrent backups

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