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    Planning for Vista

    Likely time for a separate Vista forum?
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    Whether buying or building, the following pop to mind planning for Vista:

    1. Integrated video might not be very pleasing with Vista.
    2. 2GB of memory seems like a good place to start.
    3. If a drive has multiple partitions, should they ALL be NTFS?
    4. How big should be the partition on which Vista OS will live?
    5. If all hard drives are NTFS, then there will not be any way to run diagnostics from a floppy, so it would seem that there would be no need for a floppy drive??

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    See <post:=606,885>post 606,885</post:>.

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    1. Integrated video might not be very pleasing with Vista. <font color=red>Separate board will be needed to get the FULL effect</font color=red>
    2. 2GB of memory seems like a good place to start.<font color=red>YES</font color=red>
    3. If a drive has multiple partitions, should they ALL be NTFS? <font color=red>No, depends on what you are going to do with each partition</font color=red>
    4. How big should be the partition on which Vista OS will live? <font color=red> I would recommend a 60-80 Gig with program installed on OS drive. I see NO benefit of splitting the OS and programs</font color=red>
    5. If all hard drives are NTFS, then there will not be any way to run diagnostics from a floppy, so it would seem that there would be no need for a floppy drive?? <font color=red>Ever heard of a USB thumb drive</font color=red>

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    Cureently, there are vendors shipping all NTFS for Win XP
    Unless one wants to multiboot witha non-Windowes OS, there would not be a need for FAT32.

    The benefits of multiple partions are for better organization of files and using multiboot systems/
    But my question was how big for the OS partition?

    I asked about floppy drives.

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    It is becoming quite difficult to get a floppy drive on a new Dell. Clearly they know their market...

    Presumably in Vista there is no need to have one for the drivers for such things as Promise RAID controller cards at setup time, as there is in XP?

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    <hr>Unless one wants to multiboot witha non-Windowes OS, there would not be a need for FAT32.<hr>
    In most cases, there's nolonger a need to use FAT32 for multiboot PCs. For example, most of the GNU/Linux distributions now ship with kernels, or have the ability to re-compile the kernel, with NTFS read and write support built in.
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    Re: Planning for Vista

    About all I use floppies for is drive diagnostics, and those are important.
    By itself, they likely justify having a floppy drive.

    Dell has an optional floppy drive on, e.g., Optiplex systems.

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    From http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getr...dvisor/faq.mspx

    Q. What is required to run Windows Vista?
    A. If you purchased a PC in the last two years, chances are good that you can run Windows Vista. To install and run the core functionality of Windows Vista, you need:

    An 800 MHz processor
    512 MB of RAM
    A 20 GB hard drive with 15 GB of free space

    That said, I will NOT repeat myself, and stick to what I said before, "Believe it or NOT"

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    > But my question was how big for the OS partition?

    I don't think it is possible to predict this. Look at the volume of hidden system update folders for Windows XP. Those probably far exceed the anticipated needs for the system partition when the OS was released. Depending on Vista's refresh and your upgrade cycle, those monthly updates may again fill your "system" partition to near overflowing.

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    I would relocate many things off of the OS drive, Program Files, Favorites, Recent, Firefox/thunderbird Profiles, etc.

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    Re: Planning for Vista

    Then you can determine what the minimum size will be required by YOUR needs.
    As I stated before, I would NOT share programs accross parititions running Vista. You will just have to find out why for your self.

    Do NOT ask a question that you intend to ignore the answer and quick wasting my and others time.

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