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Quick Q re partitoning a large drive...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Solnyshko, Oct 28, 2007.

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  1. Solnyshko

    Solnyshko Thread Starter

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    finally got Windows to see my drive, now installing OS (happy days)

    just wanted to poll opinion on whether it's worth partitioning a large (500GB) drive and installing the OS on smaller slice?

    my understanding is that the current consensus view is doing this actually only slows things down as performance on modern 16MB cached drives is pretty good as is...

    Thanks
     
  2. Elvandil

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    I think that you should have your programs and OS in the same partition and put storage (My Documents) on another to make defrags go faster and just not to clutter the OS partition.

    That way, if you image your OS partition, you also have a backup of all your programs.

    I make an exception to that for my very large programs, like Encarta. I created a Program Files folder on the storage partition and installed it there, again so as not to clutter the OS partition.
     
  3. Dr. Chauncey

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    I create at least two partitions on my harddrives so if one OS crashes, I can use the other OS to view the hdd and fix some problems. One of my computers has five partitions (5 is the max) with different operating systems and I haven't noticed any problems yet.
     
  4. Solnyshko

    Solnyshko Thread Starter

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    yeah it's just that I've done this in the past and things have become inordinately fiddly.

    I'm thinking logically streamlined folder structures are as good as breaking a physical drive into virtual drives. regular defragging should see to the rest, no?

    Also as I'm lazy I intend to (re)install programs to their default place of residence on the same drive as the OS (ie C: ) - What sort of size is an efficient/practical compromise for windows + progs in your learned opinion - if i were to partition?

    it's a Samsung Spinpoint T series HD501J btw
     
  5. Dr. Chauncey

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    Seeing as you have 500 to work with I'd use 20-25GB for the OS + Progs. But it depends on what kind of programs you use. High end games and graphic design use a lot of space.
    If this is the case I'd bump it up a bit more, 25-30GB.
     
  6. Solnyshko

    Solnyshko Thread Starter

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    damn it - I'll give her 100GB and be done with it :)
     
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    Sounds good. It's a lot but you can afford the space, besides you never know what you might throw into your operating system partition.
     
  8. Solnyshko

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    - one further question - do I need to partition the remaining space (376939MB) which currently appears in the Windows installation page as 'Unpartitioned' or will Windows automatically assign this space as 'D' drive??

    Basically will windows see the remainder as usable?
     
  9. Dr. Chauncey

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    You can do it later with the Windows Disk Managment Utility. Leave it for now.
     
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    Post back with any more questions. Have fun with your 30-40 min windows installation.

    Cya l8r Sunshine!

    Tvoy droog,

    Chauncey
     
  11. Solnyshko

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    Ok decided to give the OS a generous 100GB

    So I could do it once installation is complete via disk management - or it sleeker to assign the remainder now from the windows setup end (ie less wastage)?

    just tried it and it's showing:

    476938 MB Disk 0 Id 0 on bus 0 on si3114r [MBR]

    C: Partition1 [New (Raw)] 99998 MB (99998 MB free)
    D: Partition2 [New (Raw)] 376931 MB (376931 MB free)
    Unpartitioned space 8 MB

    OK to push ahead with that - or better to wait until installation is complete?

    (btw your Russian is evidently better than mine ;) )
     
  12. Dr. Chauncey

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    From the looks of your partition table it seems you have only asigned 10GB to what I assume will be your OS partition. But seeing as you mentioned earlier that you have a 500GB HDD I guess it must just be a typo. You can proceed with that and format partition C: as you install windows. Just wait on partition D: as the install program will only format the partition you will be installing windows on. You won't lose any space by formatting D: from Disk Managment.
     
  13. Elvandil

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    Looks fine to me. 99 MB's for the OS and programs and the rest for later. You're wise to give the OS plenty since we see people trying to figure out how to expand that partition all the time.
     
  14. Dr. Chauncey

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    My mistake. 99GB. I saw the shift in places and since I can only count to two (1 or 0)....
     
  15. Elvandil

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    Mine, too. I meant "GB's".
     
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