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Old May 2, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Hi guys, just wondering what your take is for creating partitions. I was thinking of making one for: Windows, Programs, Music, Movies, Pagefile, and My Documents. Or should I just make one for Windows and one for everything else, and put them in different folders? Any suggestions?

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Old May 2, 2008, 01:55 PM
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I normally like keeping windows and related programs on one partition, and putting my games, etc on the other. That way, if you do a reinstall every few months (like I do) then you don't have to worry about loosing anything since it's all on the second partition.
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Old May 2, 2008, 01:59 PM
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Making a separate partition for the page file is passť; just fix the size and leave it. It is certainly not worth the hassle to make that many. If you only have one drive you will probably find you run out of space in one partition and steal form another and everything gets messed up and it is just a big pain.

There are two main reasons to partition: to reduce and contain fragmentation and for backups. If you use your computer for a lot of video editing or image manipulation (Photoshop) or other activities that make a lot of temporary files and changes to the files then you should probably consider having a Data partition. This way these changes will not get jammed in with the OS and such and make a mess. If you game or watch movies or things that do not make those kinds of files then it is probably not be worth the bother.

Another advantage of having a D: (DATA) partition is that you can reinstall the OS without worrying so much about loosing your data. Say you make C: OS 100G, D: DATA 200G, and T: TEMP 20G. Just install games and programs to C: and put all your music and files in D:. When it comes time to reinstall you just copy the few bits of settings and such from C and wipe it.

I do not suggest moving "My Documents". I suggest just not using it. Programs that are properly built and use the windows API can find the new place but many crappy programs are hard coded to use "C:\Documents and Settings\#user#\My Documents" and make a mess. That is just my opinion, YMMV.

I like to have a small partition where all my downloads go first as a sandbox. This way they can fragment as much as they need but that will get cleared up when I copy them to their final resting spot.
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Old May 2, 2008, 02:17 PM
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C: = Windows, Apps, Games
D: = My Documents (music, docs, pictures etc... Outlook .PST)

I have always done this on XP and now on Vista as well. Two partitions works great for me and yes I remap the special folders to D: using TweakUI on XP and a copy/paste/move method on Vista.

I like this partition strategy because if Windows decides to throw a hissy you can safely reformat and all your personal files are safe. I have put the pagefile on a seperate partition in the past but it's just not worth it IMHO. Just set it to a custom size after your Windows install so it is nice and close to the centre of the disc and leave it alone after that.

I know some people put music and/or photos/videos all on their own partitions but I don't see the point in this either for casual use. One partition for Data and one for OS/Apps. Simple & solid strategy
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Old May 2, 2008, 02:48 PM
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I usually set a smallish (40 gig on my 250 gig HD) partition as my "download/backup" partition and leave the primary for OS and all apps. This way I can backup important files as well as keep the latest drivers/apps on the small partion and do a full format/install on my primary.
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I use 100g for OS, the rest of my 320g (198g) for Games. I use 2x500g in RAID0 for DATA (music, vids, images, programs)
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Just like everyone else, i make make 2 partitions. Right now, in my main rig.. my boot drive is the same Seagate 320 as yours. I have C-drive set @ 42GB and D-drive @256GB. I don't install many games, but lots of photo apps/benchmarks, etc. and ~40GB works fine for me. I install everything OS related on C... D is just basically a storage drive. Putting your swap-file on a different partition will not increase speed/performance.. it only works on a physically "seperate" drive, and one that is either faster than the OS drive... or equivalent with nothing else on it. GL I also copy a lot of the stuff off of D-drive onto my WD-500GB(one big 465GB partition) for back-up
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Old May 2, 2008, 03:25 PM
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im using 3 partition on my both DFI rigs

60G for C: (os + game)
60G for D : Data and other stuff
20G for temp, my nero temp image is there, has well has other file when doing dvd encryption of stuff like that ....

using 2*80G in raid 0 on both rig

also doing a back up once a month of so, of the "Data" partition on both rig on my home server since both rig are in raid 0.....
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Wow, didn't really expect this many replies so fast...thanks guys. After reading all the posts, I think I'll have 4 'drives' in total: Windows & Programs, Music, Downloads (temp storage before I sort them), and Data (for Movies, Pictures, Work, etc...). I'm thinking of setting them to be 30G, 80G, 20G, and whatevers left for Data. Does this sound good? Also, I have my Pagefile set to a constant 3072MB (1.5X RAM?). Is that about right?
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Old May 2, 2008, 06:02 PM
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Partitions suck.
Drives are cheap.

You can have as many partitions as you want but if your drive does your out everything.

But something like a 250g for your OS/Data/Games and a 500 or a 750 for everything else.
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