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    How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    Need some opinions. I'm about to reformat win xp pro because I gave up and couldn't find an answer on why if I would open a second internet explorer page it would hang. I have 80 gig hardrive. I had it set to one partition. Only had my c: drive. Now I'm wondering when I format should I allow 10 gigs for win xp pro alone, and the rest as my area where to install all of my other programs like office xp, games, etc. Just wanted to hear some opinions on what works. Would really appreciate a fast answer since this is all I'm waiting for to reformat my pc. Thanks.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    One advantage to separate partitions would be if you had any future OS problems, you could blow away the Win partition, reinstall and not lose your other data in the second one. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    So what you are saying Viking is that it is better having win xp by itself or it really doesn't matter. It won't ruin any of the other partitioned files? Just what to clarify. Thanks for a quick response.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    By itself for that reason, yes.
    Operational-wise doesn't matter if one or more partitions are created, you just could lose more if all your eggs are in one basket, so they say.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    That's all I needed to know. Here goes my format. Thanks alot for the quick response.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    Good Luck ! Now is the right time to do it. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    Ayup.

    I do not yet use Win XP, but ony my Win 95/Win 3.1 and Win 98/Win 2000 systems I multiboot and use FAT 32,
    And I limit the size of each partition to 8189 MB so that the cluster size is 4KB.

    I will make future systems NFTS and use multiple partitions to enable creating multiple boot systems.
    Haven't thought about th ebest size for NTFS.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    XP doesn't automatically re-register programs, does it? In other words, if xp is on C and Office is on D and I reformat C and re-install xp, does it go out and find Office on D and re-integrate it with the registry? I was under the impression Not. I have xp and office and core programs on C, Data (My Documents, etc) on D. This way when I recently reformatted I re installed xp and then Office, etc, but my documents were safe and sound on D. If someone could clarify, please.

    One other point. Having xp and office physically too far away from each other, regardless of the above, can slow things down and put undo stress on a hd by having to seek all across the disk for program files, rather than have them physically close by on C.

    I suggest xp and office on C, Documents on D (use tweakui to re-point my documents, easy!). I use 2 hd, and have pagefile on F (1st partition, 2nd drive). XP can get to the pagefile quickly, and can access it simultaneously with the files it is opening on C, speeding things up

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

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    XP doesn't automatically re-register programs, does it?
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    No it doesn't, however, it's easy enough to go to control panel/add new programs and reregister them without having to re install them all.
    On the other point of slowing things down when a program is on another drive, I don't think there is a noticeable difference in operation timing with a separate HD.
    The pagefile should be on the other drive, if there is sufficient memory to start with AND each drive is similar in access speed.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    Thanks Bob,

    Just to clarify, I was talking about a program slowing down when it is on another Partition on the Same Drive. Having the "needle" bounce all over the drive to retrieve program files can slow things down. When 2 hard drives are used, then the "needle" (is that the right word?) on each of the drives can act independently to access files from the OS, and the program, which is what I'm doing with the pagefile.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    But, all the files that written to the Windows folder will not be there and you MAY not be able to run those programs.

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

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    When you partition the drive, you either have to re-installl everything; or, if the logocal drive configuration is the same, i.e., you are just adding logical drives, you may be able to get away wit hrestoring from a full system backup.

    In general, you have to re-install everything.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    THe OS should be on the fastest drive.
    THe pagefile should be on another PHYSICAL drive.

    In my case, since my system has 384MB, the pagefile is rarely even usedm other than when I reboot.
    Max out system memory and watch the performance difference.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    "read/write head" is more appropriate than "needle".

    The big performance factor is usually memory.

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    Re: How to partition win xp pro (sp1)

    <hr>then the "needle" (is that the right word?)<hr>
    Talk about dating yourself. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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