Good partition scheme for 80gig drive?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Digerati, Feb 14, 2003.

  1. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    Just got a new 80gb Seagate Barracuda IV.

    I want to have XPpro on a seperate partition so if I ever need to reinstall the OS, I don't lose everything else.

    What do you think is a good size partition to just hold the OS and stuff?
    is 5 gigs too little or too much?

    Thanks!
     
  2. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    ok if you using FAT32

    a bit on the small side for NTFS

    IMHO

    :cool:
     
  3. Digerati

    Digerati Guest

    Yea, i'd be using NTFS

    so is 10gigs more like it?
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Maybe a 20 gig partition for Windows and all your software.
    Rest of the 60 gigs for downloads, documents, backups, music etc.

    Sound good?
     
  5. 2z

    2z OSNN Gamer

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    yep :D

    I would also recommend moving a couple space hogging files off there

    pagefile & temporary internet files

    better still if ya stick em in their own partition

    :cool:
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Personally, over 60gb (40+20) i have.

    8GB for Windows and Applications
    10GB for files i need to keep in the event of a format (documents, downloaded installers, etc)
    30GB for Media, mp3/DivX and so on.
    12gb for FreeBSD :D
     
  7. chaos945

    chaos945 Moderator

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    I like to create a partition just for installation of programs, so my windows partition has the least amount of fragmentation as possible. I also redirect my temp file directories to that drive as well; I even change my desktop path to my "data" drive since I use it often and I don't want to clutter up my windows partition. See the pic for my new drive configuration as of this morning, the SWAP on my primary drive should probably be at the beginning of the drive but I don't really feel like moving it at the moment. Also it would probably be more efficient to have the "Programs" partition on the other disk as well.

    Next time I format It will be like this:
    Primary: OS, Documents, SWAP
    Secondary: Programs, DATA, SWAP

    All partitions are using cluster sizes of 64k.
     
  8. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    But you have to reinstall most of your software if you format Windows anyway, which is why I leave software on the same partition as Windows.
     
  9. melon

    melon MS-DOS 2.0 Political User

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    I would merely suggest a second hard drive: one for OS's and programs and the other for documents and other irreplaceable files. Then, if one or the other hard drive fails, at least you have some room for maneuvering.

    Melon
     
  10. NetRyder

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    Agreed ... that's the best way to go :)
     
  11. ZipTriX

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    I agree.
     
  12. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    I have found that if I keep my windows partition free of programs and other stuff that can be moved, I find that my 'puter itself runs more effeciently. 5 gigs of NTFS partition is big enough for the XP installation. Here is how I set up my partitions.


    Heeter
     
  13. Jz1397-5

    Jz1397-5 XP Bad Ass

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    everything is MY MY MY, My Doc, My Games. is that all you people think about ME ME ME? he he just kidding.
     
  14. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    here's my partition for my 80GB wd hdd

    10GB for System

    20GB for Games / Program Files

    20GB for mp3/mtv

    30 gb for movies/drama/ download stuff
     
  15. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    i have a 10 gig partition for windows and 70 gig for all my programs and other stuff
     
  16. Capalass

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    Just a random question if you have all your programs installed on the second drive or partition, and you need to reinstall windows don't you have to reinstall all the programs? If so what is the point in installing the programs on a different partition?
     
  17. sboulema

    sboulema Moderator

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    a lot of programs doesnt requir reinstalling, but a few do.
     
  18. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    That's the reason I keep them on the same partition. :)
     
  19. Nismo83

    Nismo83 OSNN AZN Addict

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    quite lotta program doesn't require any new installation as well as games too. that's y i seperate it. Anyway, it depends on the user, some format together with it and install a fresh copy of it but in such case i don't.