View Full Version : why separate boot partition?

1st June 2010, 02:01 AM
In Fedora installation guide the recommended partitioning considers a separate boot partition.

Is it necessary to have the boot folder on a separate partition?

and if it is only recommended, what is the rationale behind?


1st June 2010, 02:22 AM
It isn't strictly required. It's only needed when using disk encryption, LVM, or when using a filesystem on / and /home that isn't supported by the bootloader.

On a simple installation, you can live without it. :)

1st June 2010, 02:55 AM
The only thing I have to add, is about LVM - it can handle various RAID (mirroring,
redundancy, and recovery) where /boot must be a base storage type (unless hardware
raid) to allow a boot loader to read the kernel + initrd into memory. The boot loader
is a simplified reader, and doesn't handle RAID things.