[mythtv-users] Single partition or whole disk

Andre mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk
Tue Jul 3 09:09:04 UTC 2012

On 3 Jul 2012, at 08:53, Tapani Tarvainen wrote:

> On Jul 03 09:41, Ramon Hofer (ramonhofer at bluewin.ch) wrote:
>> I have accidentally written the filesystem to the whole disk:
> [...]
>> I didn't know that this is even possible. But since I want to use the
>> whole drive I wonder if this is ok or (and why) it's better to create
>> one big partition over the drive.
> Using the disk without partitioning will work for non-boot disk,
> the only real problem there is a number of tools assume partitions
> and are likely to consider a non-partitioned disk to be unused.
> In particular, you must be careful when adding new disks &c.

I always use whole partitions for myth storage drives but I don't dual boot or allow anything other than Linux near those drives.

> Another issue is that file system alignment may be non-optimal,

I actually use whole disks as a simple way to avoid the whole alignment issue, if you use the whole disk the filesystem cannot be anything other than aligned providing the filesystem knows about block sizes. It's only when partition tables move everything along a little that the alignment can be out.

I quite like dispensing with unnecessary cruft such as DOS MBR partitions and yes I do understand the risks, I've worked with BSD slices enough to be familiar with whole disk usage.


> resulting in loss of performance. This may or may not be
> significant in any specific case. (If you have spare time
> in your hands, testing this might be interesting.)
> So, there's no really compelling reason to partition the disk,
> you can use it as is, but partitioning it would be preferable.
> -- 
> Tapani Tarvainen
> _______________________________________________
> mythtv-users mailing list
> mythtv-users at mythtv.org
> http://www.mythtv.org/mailman/listinfo/mythtv-users

More information about the mythtv-users mailing list