I've decide to reinstall Windows XP and I'm wondering about the 'best' setup. I realise that there is no real best - but I have some ideas and questions and I'd be grateful if people could comment on them. My system has two internal IDE hard drives (60 and 80 GB), 2 USB2 external drives and 1 USB1 external drive. I mainly do graphic work using Coreldraw and sound and video work using Acid and Vegas video. basic system information: Windows XP Pro, Pentium 4 2GB, 1 GB Ram, Audigy Ext, Radeon 8500DV videocard,
I'm thinking of the following:
1. Put Windows XP on the 60GB drive - drive C:
2. Create partitions on the 80GB drive, one for a Swap file, one for TEMP files and Intenet Explorer temp files and one for working data.
3. Make the Swap file 1.5 GB in size (one and a half times the memory)
Here are my questions!
1. Is the above idea reasonable - I'm thinking in terms of performance.
2. Should I create a separate partition on Drive C to house programs or leave it as one big drive? (is it possible to put programs on a separate partition from the system)?
3. I'm wondering about one more partition to hold backups. Many programs make automatic backups - also it must make sense to keep backups on a separate drive from the data. So would it be a good idea to partition the 60GB drive and create an extra partition for backups - the main data being on drive D
4. The big question - how big should the partitions be? I was thinking of 5 GB for the Swap file and 10 GB for the Temp files
5. Does the trick to backup the activation status (files wpa.dbl and Wpa.bak) actually work? My hardware is the same apart from a new 80 GB IDE drive (my other one failed - ouch!) I live in Japan so I want to avoid phoning Microsoft to get a 50 digit reactivation number - though this will only be the second time to install Windows XP so I think I can still do it automatically)