partition size



i have a sixty gig hard drive and would like to partition it
what size should i give to windows
i would like to assign a small part to photoshop as a scratch disc
and the rest to programs and back-ups

any help will be great



well windows xp does take up about 1GB. why not do 3GB just in case. for photo shop i really dont know, give it 10 just in case cuz graphics are really big. so u left with 47 for the rest :)


OSNN Gamer
if you have your boot drive less than 8 x gig format it FAT32 for better performance

if you want to use NTFS the partition is better off being larger than 10 x gig

my preferences for a single 60 gig hard drive would be

all formatted FAT32

C: 7 x gig : - XP & Apps'
D: 3 x gig : - Pagefile (photoshop is a heavy user of the pagefile)
E: 30 x gig : - Big installs ( like games)
F: 15 x gig : - Storage & Backups
G: 5 x gig : - for your scratch pad


Nick M

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Fat 32 is icky. If you turn off your computer the wrong way stuff gets corrupted...NTFS doesn't do that all that much...


OSNN Gamer

If you turn off your computer it will run a scandisk which is good :p

My XP has NEVER crashed :D

Now that its running on FAT32 it's more responsive

NTFS is only of any use if your usage has outgrown FAT32



OSNN Gamer

well that makes a lot of sense

save up your pocket money & get your self some proper software

Highly recommend PowerQuest Drive Image 2002

really simple to use - even you could master it

:p :p :p


Political User
If you have the software (Partition Magic 7 for e.g.) you can keep your drives just big enough. When it comes to operations like cleaning up and defragging etc.. these operations become quicker (rather like ploughing a smaller field).

If you need to have more space just make a new drive or an existing one bigger - very easy.

I've never had any prob's with PM7 and I'm no expert.



I have 1 40Gig for Windows, 2 *40Gigs in Raid for video editing. 20Gig for Mp3s and a 20Gig as a dump drive for downloads. All 7200 spin ata 100's. But i think it just over kill. I used to have lots of partitions but i think it easier just to buy new drive coz they are so cheap now.


"I disable windows restore also. I use Goback, but, I'm not sure how to create restore points with it"

When I used GoBack I would simply restart my computer to create a restore point.

But as TwoZig reccomends, Drive Image 2002 a great program, and is probably the 8th wonder of the world. (a bit much you think?)


OSNN Gamer
Hi Bold

8th wonder of the world. (a bit much you think?)

you like it so much eh

I like it to Bold
next to XP pro its the best piece of software I've got

Essential if you like experimenting

:p :p :p

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