SSD + GPT + grub2 + systemd

Summary of my new Arch setup optimised for SSD. See ArchWiki for more tweaks.


  • Specs: GA-EP45-DS3L, C2D E8400, 4GB DDR2, 512MB HD4850, 1x 640GB WD Black, 2x 1TB WD Green
  • Purchased: 120GB Intel 330 SSD

BIOS/UEFI settings

  • Firmware: EFI/UEFI instead of BIOS
  • SATA Mode: AHCI instead of IDE

Pre Installation

  • Partition: GPT instead of MBR

Arch Installation

  • Filesystem: ext2 for /boot; ext4 for the rest
  • fstab options: noatime, discard
  • Bootloader: GRUB2 instead of GRUB1/GRUB Legacy

Post Installation

  • Init: systemd instead of sysvinit
  • I/O scheduler: noop instead of cfq

Misc Output

systemd-analyze, gdisk, df, fstab, ls:

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