Time to reinstall FreeBSD

Back in November 2009 I installed my NAS with the newest FreeBSD: 8.0. I made some choices about partitioning that I now want to redo.

My initial partitioning was

  • / had around 4.5 GB
  • /tmp had around 0.5 GB
  • /var had around 3 GB
  • /home had around 895 GB

And back then I actually decided that the 2 GB RAM in the server was enough, so I didn’t have a swap partition :-/

First – having no swap is bad when the server is very busy! And for home use there is no need to separate /tmp and /var from /. And last – the / partition was way too small. I was having trouble using ports all the time, and need to clean up very often…

So I found a new HD for the new boot disk. Luckily I had a WD Caviar Green 1TB  with 64 MB cache. Perfect!

I settled for the following partitioning

  • / has around 39 GB
  • /home has around 873 GB
  • And swap has 4 GB

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