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    Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    Can I use Partition Magic without reformating.Another words will i lose all my settings,internet connections,networking,files & so on?Or Can I Partition things to make better use of my hard drive?And if so how?

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    Re: Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    Yes, you can use the latest version of Partition Magic without formatting. That's one of it's greatest benefits. Creating/modifying partitions requires a reboot to complete and can take some time, so beware - and ALWAYS back up anything critical. This is a very low level operation that can leave you with an inaccessible system - rare, but it happens.

    If you search the Lounge for "partition" you'll see a lot of threads that relate to this, and a lot of good advice (searching the Lounge is a highly underused feature IMHO). Just remember that one size does not fit all and that a lot of what you will find is personal preference. Don't let anyone convince you that one way is better than another just because it works for them.
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    Re: Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    Mark... Maybe you can help me out here. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    I have a 40gig HD. I had to wipe the drive and reformat it. I then loaded XP onto the drive, but when I loaded up the setup program, it showed that my HD was partitioned into: 2gig for C: and the rest free. I was wondering what you would advise as to partitioning out my drive. I want to make sure that my OS (XP Pro) is on C:, My programs, etc., on F:, my data on G: and my temp files and page swap files on the I: drive. When I loaded XP on the 2gig partition, I saw that my "program files" and Data File also reside there. How can I seperate out these components of XP onto different partitions? Please advise. Thanks!

    P.S. sorry for the convoluted wording in this post...its been a long day. <img src=/S/nosleep.gif border=0 alt=nosleep width=27 height=15>

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    Re: Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    The folders you noticed are created by default. I leave them alone, and then use a tool like TweakUI to change the defaults for other "special" folders.

    A side effect that seems to happen often is the appearance of icons that have a white box instead of the pretty icon that the program supplies (for example, IE). You can correct that by modifying the shortcut properties to reflect the original program file's location.

    If that's clear as mud, let me know - long day and I am currently upholding my reputation for never sleeping, so my post may be gibberish. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    I used to partition the way you want to, with separate partitions for the OS, Apps, Business Data, Personal Data. Updates, Images. Temp and Pagefile. I still do, with one exception - I never found any advantage in separating out the applications, and some disadvantages. Reinstalling a clean OS requires having to do the same with the programs, and the existence of a partition of intact, previously-installed apps no longer tied into the new registry is of no value. I do not think it provides any advantage when doing an update OS install, either. I now let my software install to the default C:Program Files location, with distinct folders by manufacturer. This way, I can image and restore my OS and know all the apps and M$ activations are intact. It just seems cleaner. While I give the OS lots of breathing room, I do not need any more major software, so my OS partition stays fairly constant in size. The Temp, Image and Update partitions grow and shrink constantly. The Pagefile is single-purpose and fixed in size so there is less fragmentation. The separation of data files and images is crucial, though.

    As mentioned by others, this is all personal choice and there is no "best" way.

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    Re: Partition Magic (XP PRO)

    You may want to look through this thread, Moving Program Files, too, if you haven't already.

    Using the information people provided me there, I have a System drive (C that has the Administrator account, Windows directory, swap file (I hadn't thought about re-locating it) and some Program Files, which XP insisted on installing on C: and whose registry entries are pervasive enough that I didn't want to fool with them. All users, including the All Users account, are on another drive (partition) and I have a third partition that's a hold-over from a W2K installation.
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