I have already seen some answers about this but I'd like to get clarification on my particular use case. I have a 1 TB SSD and a 2 TB HDD. I train deep learning models so the SSD is key as I need the fast I/O. On my previous computer I had one hard drive and I went with the paradigm of putting everything I work with under /home/user. So I think I want to set things up such that:

  • Everything sits on my 1 TB SSD as usual. For this I've created a boot partition (512 MB), and then a normal partition mounted to / for the rest of the disk space.
  • Then I'll use my 2 TB HDD as a place to store things I don't frequently use. Maybe I'll put my deep learning data there, and pull it onto my SSD when I need to train a model.

The guides I've come across are mostly telling me to mount SSD to / (as I've done) and the HDD to /home but I don't want to do the latter, as then I wouldn't get that fast I/O for when I'm accessing data. So I've left the SSD mounted to /, and now I just don't know what to do to make sure the HDD is accessible. What do I mount it to?

PS: I am literally on the Ubuntu installation screen now.

And another quick question. I'll also be cheeky and play some computer games on the side using Wine. I saw on a guide that these should be installed in the HDD. Is that right?


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Apart from partition format problems, normally you have nothing to do: just plug in the disk, use it with Nautilus, check the mount points in Disks for use in Terminal. Maybe you found old posts with more complicated procedures. If the disk does not mount automatically, the odds are it has a serious problem.

  • You're right. I was way overcomplicating things Apr 9, 2021 at 21:11

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