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    Dividing up the Hard Drive

    Hi Everyone:
    I'm going to partition my 13 gig C drive & want to reorganize my files first (trying to follow Fred Langa's advice regarding backup). I cannot for the life of me figure out how I should divide my hard drive up.

    I have Win98SE & the following:
    Window folder & operating system 819MB
    Program files 1327MB
    Data (My Documents) 465MB
    Other less important stuff & swapfile

    I can't figure out how to divide up the first 3 items to allow small daily backups of everything
    essential. Many people separate Data from OS. But both Data & the registry (& probably other
    OS files) change daily. So how should I divide up my system? Would you keep all 3 on the
    same partition or divide it somehow?

    My goal is to have everything essential & that changes daily on a partition that's not more than 2GB in size. Is there a way I can do this?
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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    Hey Phil,
    Conventional wisdom (whatever that is) says that you put the OS on one partition, the program files on another and your data on another. You could create a special partition for the swapfile (just be sure to tell Windows where it is). Then you can setup your backup utility to do daily, incremental backups on each partition (although the data and perhaps the registry are the only things that should change significantly). I've heard that partitioning can slow down your HD but don't have any personal experience. I use a 4GB drive for my C drive and keep the OS & program files there. My data is on a second 40GB drive and I backup to CDs weekly. This is really an issue of personal preference and what works best for you and your situation.
    Good luck !!
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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    A page from my own experience. Your mileage will vary of course.

    I put Win9x on a 1GB partition. Program files then go on a 5-10GB partition (to allow room for future growth). Last but not least is a 500MB scratch partitiion that I use for temporary and swap files. Some programs don't think you have a swap file if it's over 1GB in size, so at most this partition could be 999MB. I set the temp and tmp variables in AUTOEXEC.BAT, and direct Windows and IE to use that partition for swap files/internet junk.

    For the backups, I don't know what software you are using, but the other post echoed my sentiments - incremental backups are best. I go a little extra in that I back up to hard drive first and then burn the backup files to CD. If I need to span the backup files I use WinRAR to create 650MB archive volumes. Personal preference of course, but I do not back up daily (shhhhhhh) - usually weekly.
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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    I agree with Mark, BUT I do NOT backup any thing but may data, i.e., e-mail, photos, documents, macros and etc that I create or receive from others. I also down load programs and updates of software to a holding folder and back up this folder.
    As for those settings within each program, I reset them as I reinstall each program. This way I will learn what and where I need to do this. Besides most settings must be made in the upgraded version and can not be imported.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    I agree with anyone that says "Personal preference" or "This works for me; it might work for you".

    I have a 20G drive in a tray on rails; it slides in and out when the power is off. Costs about $cdn20 for the tray&rails; 4 bolts to install.

    The 20G drive is divided into 2G partitions, mainly for historic reasons. My first large drive was a 6G and Win95. I elected to put OS and Office suites on drive C:, and data on drive D:. My DOS Batch files remained as c:Bat and my DOS utilities remained as c:Util. My batch files refer to c:bat and c:util, and I'm not about to change them, now or ever.

    My latest installation (Win98SE on the 20G drive) saw me place the OS on C: the data on D:, but the three office suites (MS, Corel, Lotus) over on drive F:. That freed up space for smaller utilities to sit on C:. I figure shareware applications are more likely to work right if I can give them their chosen default directory.

    That frees up G through L for large projects (such as "Here are 20,000 documents on a CD; convert them please")




    BACKUPS
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    I got into computing because I'm lazy, and I'm not about to change now or ever.

    I have a second 20G drive, in a tray, on rails.

    First thing each morning I get the second drive from the office safe (which doubles as my linen closet) and slide it in the chassis, power on, and walk away. By the time my coffee is poured, the system has booted up, detected the 2nd drive, decided to XCOPY32 all files with archive bits set from the original drive letters to their counterparts on the backup drive, after which it powers down Windows. I re-enter the room, slide out the second drive and power on.

    The 2nd drive was set up as a bootable Win98SE, so if ever I have a crash, I flip the jumpers on the drive, and slide the 2nd drive where the crashed 1st drive normally would be.

    On weekends the backup routine does garbage collection, deleting temporrary files, defragmenting both drives etc.


    I can post the procedures in the form of batch files if anyone is interested.

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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    If you don't mind sharing, I'd be very interested in your batch files. You're the <img src=/S/king.gif border=0 alt=king width=21 height=22> !

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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    > If you don't mind sharing,

    You'll regret saying that. Nonetheless, i want a response that says "Thanks for sharing!" heh heh.

    Attached is a PKZIP25 file, zipped Word97 Document.

    The document has descriptive text in the document body, and the batch files stored as uncommented modules within the document.


    You will receive the macro-virus warning from Word97. Choose "Enable" if you want to be able easily to export the batch files to your system.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: Dividing up the Hard Drive

    Thanks to everyone for responding & forgive the delay in my thanking everyone. I'll try & digest this. What I'm planning on doing, having read Fred Langa's backup articles, <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-12-20.htm#2>http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-12-20.htm#2</A> is set things up so I can back up all essentials with Drive Image so it will fit on 1 CD.

    Trouble is, I can't figure out exactly what's essential & what changes often enough to include on the same partition. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

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