IFL running under Linux (MINT)

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by TheRollbackFrog, Nov 17, 2017.

  1. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Hehe. :)

    Things that will help you in your new adventure:
    - info about linux commands and shell

    - info for everything else
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/ (I do not use arch but it has the most updated wiki/info)
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Home (Ubuntu wiki is also good but offen outdated)
    Debian help pages are also great... if you manage to find what you are searching for (when I want some info there I always use google)

    - use tmpfs for mounting directories with temporary data, browser cache directories, etc. (on ssds you minimize the writes on hdds you make your system snapier)

    - and if you need help a forum that is very friendly for noobs is the opensuse forum

    ps. if you have 8 gb of ram you do not need a swap partition.

  2. TheRollbackFrog

    TheRollbackFrog Registered Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    The Pond - USA
    Since I was about to start working with VirtualBox, I decided to take your advice above to keep the effort as small as possible without rebuilding my System from scratch. I decided to create an NTFS partition to house /home. This would allow for faster/easier imaging mgmt using either IFL, IFW or Macrium Reflect due to their ability to do fast Incremental imaging based on FileSystem metadata for NTFS partitions.

    Is there a huge disadvantage in using NTFS under Linux? There's probably some small performance issues... I'm just interested if there's any LARGE issues of any kind.

    ...and you think that's funny, huh? :confused:
    The System under test has 12gB of RAM so I eliminated the Linux SWAP partition... thanks for the suggestion!

    The current configuration (Legacy-MBR multiBOOT <under Windows control at the moment>: Windows 7 <NTFS>, Linux MINT / <EXT4> and MINT's /home <NTFS>), hopefully, will be easily manageable at the imaging level under either LIVE Systems or associated Recovery Medias. I really like imaging flexibility if it's available.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2017
  3. Arvy

    Arvy Registered Member

    Dec 31, 2011
    No "biggies" that I'm aware of, but if you haven't already seen this ubuntu forums thread, it's worth a look just to be aware of some potential minor issues.

    I still say Grub2 beats fiddling with the Windows boot manager and its boot configuration data (BCD) setup, visual BCD editors and EasyBCD "tricks" notwithstanding. :p On the other hand, your other advice is working very well so far. thanks a lot. :thumb:
  4. pandlouk

    pandlouk Registered Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    I have not tested it for home. The one disavantage is a small performance hit. But I'm not sure if the permission's will work correctly... probably not...

    Have been there so... yes... I still remember the frustation of figuring something out and searching for a solution.
    One small advise from personal experience:
    use a txt file to save the info that you find usefull e.g. commands, locations of settings, etc. If you'll need them after 6 months you can spend hours and a lot of clicking through sites to find the same info again.

    You are welcome. even if you do create a swap the system will never use it unless you run very, very large databases, or multiple virtual pcs or you hibernate the system.

    On some systems I use a similar configuration: windows ntfs / Linux ext4 /Home ext4/ Data ntfs (where I store files from both OSes, video, music, etc.)