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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Drumstik, Feb 3, 2005.

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  1. Drumstik

    Drumstik Thread Starter

    Jan 7, 2005
    I just purchased a new 160 gig hard drive. What is the best way to configure the hard drive. A friend of mine suggested the following:
    20 gig - Drive C Windows operating system only
    5 gig swapfile
    Remainder for files and applications

    I'm no expert, but here is my comuter info:

    Intel Pentium 4. 3.0GHz Socket-478. 800 FSB CPU

    PC 3200 512/slot

    I have 1gig of memory. but not for sure what all of this means. is what I have good?
  2. mike5532g


    Jun 11, 2004

    RAM-PAGE Banned

    Dec 19, 2004
    The specification is very good, especially if you have a good power supply and a DVD Burner.

    Partitioning the drive is invaluable where maintenance and data protection is concerned.

    If the 160Gb drive runs at 7,200 rev/min (or more) and has an 8Mb (or bigger) drive-cache then it is perfect for the job.

    Partition sizes depend on how much programming you have. I use a 10240Mb drive C: and put a 2048Mb fixed paging file on it. (Set Min & Max to 2000) There has to be a paging file on drive C: anyway, so it might as well stay there.

    With 1024Mb of RAM, your computer should perform very well.

    Here is what I do to partition my drive which is only half the size of yours.

    Clean Install XP http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    Example of partitioning an 80Gb drive: (Maxtor Diamondmax 7,200 rev/min with 8Mb drive-cache.)

    80Gb (Decimal size) = 80,000,000,000 Bytes , divide by 1024 three times to give the Binary sizing:

    78125000 Kb
    76293·95 Mb
    74·51 Gb

    (10·0Gb = 10,000,000,000 Bytes (÷ 1024) = 9765625 Kb (÷ 1024) = 9536·74 Mb (÷ 1024) = 9·313 Gb)

    Drive C: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) Operating System & Programming. 2000 Min & Max paging file. (2048Mb on the drive.) (Drive Image Backup to CDRs or Data DVDs)

    Drive D: 10240 Mb (10·0Gb) (My) Documents & Email Folders.
    (Copy Backups to CDRs or Data DVDs)

    Drive E: 20480 Mb (20·0Gb) Music only.
    (Drive Image Backup, otherwise original Audio CDs)

    Drive F: Remaining Drive Space. Archive, Video, etc.
    (Archive Copy Backup to CDRs & Data DVDs)

    Drive F: also has a Windows Automated System Recovery (ASR) BackupC.bkf file for drive C: to use with an ASR floppy diskette.

    All drives are partitioned & FULL formatted, directly from the Windows XP CD, to NTFS

    Your 160Gb drive will give you:

    156250000Kb, 152587.89Mb & 149.01Gb
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