How to add a device to btrfs without balancing the file system?


So I have two drives in my laptop, a 128gb nvme ssd and a 1tb 2.5" ssd. I want to use the fast nvme ssd for the system, but I want to use the 2.5" ssd for Steam games. I have done some searching the web and am left confused. How do i mount the 2.5" ssd as a subvolume on the same filesystem to home/{username}/Games/steam? I do not want to use raid or let the system drive "merge" with the steam drive through rebalancing the file system. When looking it up, would $ btrfs device add /dev/sda /home/{username}/Games/steam make the system files spread over to the steam drive? I mean like the system files from / take space on the Steam drive? I have installed Garuda to the nvme ssd already, I just need to setup steam.

I could be completely wrong. Sorry for the dumb question. Any response is appreciated!

inxi -Faz
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In your case, you have drives with different performance characteristics. I wouldn't combine them at the btrfs level, I would combine them at the filesystem level.

In other words, create a btrfs partition on the new drive completely separate from your other btrfs partition. Then create a subvolume for steam. Next add an entry in /etc/fstab to mount the steam subvolume to where you want it to live in your filesystem.

That way your nvme drive and you sata ssd will be separate but still accessible from within the same filesystem.


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