Should root partition be first partition?

Michael Powell nightrecon at
Wed Feb 10 22:36:45 UTC 2010

b. f. wrote:

> On 2/8/10, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc at> wrote:
>> On Mon, Feb 08, 2010 at 02:37:30PM -0500, b. f. wrote:
>>> If you're laying out a new disk, you may as well take a few minutes
>>> and get the most out of it, even if you're not going to invest in a
>>> lot of new hardware.
>> The system nowdays does all that figuring for you and manages
>> boundaries reasonably.
>> ////jerry
> That does not seem to be the conclusion of those who contributed to
> the thread I cited, although "reasonably" is open to interpretation.

This will become more critical with the upcoming transition from 512K to 4K 
sector size. Indeed, I believe it was initial investigations for 
implementation of this and/with comparison against other OS methods. The 
large performance differences witnessed led to a deeper, more retrospective 
look at current approaches based on 512K sectors as well. 


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