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Partition Strategy for New 1T Win 7 HDD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mahoopes, Apr 29, 2010.

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  1. mahoopes

    mahoopes Thread Starter

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    Hello Tech Friends,
    I am planning how to partition the 1T HDD on my new Dell XPS Studio. I want to make it easy to reinstall Windows 7 from time to time, without needing to reinstall my applications. Would it be reasonable to install the OS on C:, apps on D:, and user data on E:? Would that enable me to just reformat and reinstall the OS on C: when it gets slow, or would the fresh install inevitably affect my use of the applications and require them, too, to be reinstalled?

    The PC has lots of RAM and a fast CPU, so I don't think operating speed will really be a problem.
     
  2. Triple6

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    You will still need to reinstall your applications even if they are on another partition. The reason being is that they write files to other locations as well and they write entries to the registry.

    Creating a data partition however is a smart idea.

    If you want to refresh your system every once in a while and avoid doing a full reinstall of Windows and applications then you can create backup images with a program like Acronis TrueImage and just restore the image whenever you feel the need.
     
  3. mahoopes

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    That sounds very sensible. I could make a new image of C: when I get the applications loaded, and then restore that image when needed without affecting my data on D:. Thank you!
     
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