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Number and size of partitions help please.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by thierryhenry, Jan 21, 2007.

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  1. thierryhenry

    thierryhenry Thread Starter

    Jan 13, 2007
    Guys whats recommended for number and size of partitions on a new computer?
    can you explain in detail please?

    thank you
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    It really depends on how the computer is used and what's installed on the system. All you'll get here is a bunch of personal preferences about how people set up their systems.
  3. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    Yeah there really is no "right" answer except to the most "opinionated" ones!
  4. Noyb

    Noyb Trusted Advisor

    May 25, 2005
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    How big is your hard drive ??
    Will you be messing w Videos ??
    How many gigs of Personal Data do you expect to be stored ??
    How many users on your computer ??
  5. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Generally I like two partitions.

    One for the OS and Programs.
    The other for data and everything else (program source files, drivers etc.)

    Then I like to get the OS installed with the latest updates and the base line of apps you will always want. Using a imaging program, image that partition to the second one.

    Then regularly backup that second partition to at least one (two is even better) other hard drives.

    So now should the OS crash, you can do a relatively quick restore from the image on the second partition.

    Should the entire hard drive crash, you can restore both the OS and Data fro the one of the other drives.

    Should you just need to recover data, you can do that as well from the other drives.
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