I have re-setup my desktop box with a dual-boot partition scheme for XP and PCLOS.
My plan is to have one central partition for the user data and keep all the settings in the OS's partition. So I did the following:
# I'm not at that box now, but I could provide an fdisk output later
HDD has 250 GB.
1. primary partition NTFS for XP (50GB)
2. primary partition NTFS /data
3. extended partition containing (200 GB)
3.2. / (ext4)
3.3. backup partition
Instead of having specified folders (e.g. "documents") in the XP and Linux /home partition, I'ld create links to those folders on the /data partition, so both OS's use the same source for user data. That would also make it easier to reinstall and have all settings in /home reset to a virgin state. So far, so good.
Now, after reading some threads about partitioning here during the last days, I have some doubts:
1. I read that a cluttered (fragmented) NTFS partition can slow down Linux to a snail's pace.
Therefore, is an automounted NTFS partition a good idea?
If XP isn't even used, would Linux fragment the disk also?
2. Is my partitioning scheme making sense or should I just start over with a new scheme?
Thanks for any hints.