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    Best way to partition HD (WIN XP PRO)

    I am in the process of setting up a new (to me) system with WIN XP PRO. It has a 40 GB hard drive. I recall the recommendation that the HD be set up with several partitions - one for the OS, one for the page file, one for data, one for programs, etc. Can anyone give me some recommendations including size of the partitions. Would I be better off (for backup purposes) to install a second HD - either internal or external?

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    Re: Best way to partition HD (WIN XP PRO)

    Loads of personal preferences/prejudices to come out here, I'll bet!

    A few observations from me:<UL><LI>The more disk partitions there are, the more difficult it is to manage/juggle the free space in each - always one partition will fill up while there is lots of free space in the others<LI>Almost all programs will have data loaded into the registry on the C: drive when they are installed -- so you might as well take the usual default of installing them into C:Program Files<LI>It might be a good idea to install your data files -- those which don't have registry entries or need to live on C: -- into one or more partitions other than C:<LI>If you only have the one physical disk drive, you aren't going to gain any advantage in putting the page file anywhere other than on C: (that would simply increase the amount of head movement) -- if you have a second physical disk drive, you might put it on there (or, even better, install lots of memory (at least 512 MB for XP) so there's little need for paging)<LI>Don't forget that the Page File might be 0.5-1.5GB, and the System Volume Information on the C: drive might be remarkably large (in my case 6 GB out of the 20 GB used on a 75 GB drive) unless investigated/managed<LI>Thinking about backup up-front is a Very Good Idea![/list]My preference would therefore be to split the 40 GB into two parts -- I don't know the relative sizes of your programs and data are so I can't say if it should be 10/30, 15/25, 20/20, 25/15 or 30/10 GB for C:/D: -- you'd have to make that decision!

    A second disk drive would be a Good Idea because you could put the fairly transient Page File on it, could back up data files to it, could copy all the installation CDs you get to it as a Software Library, and so on. (Among other things.)

    But also get a DVD writer, or some other large-capacity backup mechanism, so you can save data and take it "somewhere else", so if the computer blows up you can reconstitute it on a new machine using your offsite backups and installation CDs.
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    Re: Best way to partition HD (WIN XP PRO)

    I would install the OS and programs on the 40 gig hard drive. I would then add a 120 gig or larger second drive for data. If you are into photos, music and/or movies the 120 will eaten up in no time at all. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Best way to partition HD (WIN XP PRO)

    Trebor--

    Also there was this recent Partitioning My Hard Drive Thread in General Windows.

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