Best way to partition a small HD

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Fri Feb 3 10:04:15 PST 2006

On 4/25/03, Gunnar Flygt <gunnar.flygt at> wrote:
> I have an old Toshiba laptop with 24MB of RAM and 500MB HD.
> What is the best way of partitioning this disk for 4.7-RELEASE
> or later?
> Should I use 450MB for / and the rest for swap or should I
> bother splitting the partition with / /usr and /var and swap?

Your FreeBSD Disk Layout:
ad0s1a	452MB	/
ad0s1b	48MB	swap

splitting it up with /tmp, /var, and /usr will create lot's of wasted space.

With FreeBSD 6 452MB will get you:
Minimal: 183MB to install, 156MB real disk space useage after install)
Minimal with default (347MB to install, 299MB real)
User: (393MB to install, 319MB real)

All other distribution sets are too large:
Developer		918	741
X-Developer		1080	882
Kern-Developer		526	427
X-Kern-Developer	690	568
X-User			560	461

As for 4.7-RELEASE, don't do it. If you want to use the 4.x branch
then use 4.11-RELEASE.

This is your best bet: I have an old Toshiba 200CDS (about the same
specs as yours) and I know for a fact that it will support a 40GB
replacement drive, because I've done it. if I where you I'd look on
eBay for a used 5 - 10GB hard drive, this will give you so much more

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