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    from what i was taught in school the swap file should be 1.5 times the size of your physical memory for best proformence. but like i said thats what i was taught and there have been many times i have had to correct a teacher. (wow thats sounds so self important)

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    Yup thats totally true,....at about the time Windows95 was the dominate operating system. When we were running only 64MB of ram.

    But then again, people could argue this issue forever...has just about as much controversy as the everlasting Intel/AMD issue.

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    I know of some companies that do backups on a "hidden" partition. Its not a backup for data(always use another device for data) but a backup for the OS and Apps. Right after a PC is set up for its use with all the apps it will be and put the ghost on a "hidden" partition. In the event there is any problem not HD related the ghost can be restored. Its generally faster to do a disk to disk transfer, plus your not bogging down the network or server.

    From personal experience I know some of the installs for some workstations can be 7 hours long. Its much faster to restore a ghost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevise
    I know of some companies that do backups on a "hidden" partition. Its not a backup for data(always use another device for data) but a backup for the OS and Apps. Right after a PC is set up for its use with all the apps it will be and put the ghost on a "hidden" partition. In the event there is any problem not HD related the ghost can be restored. Its generally faster to do a disk to disk transfer, plus your not bogging down the network or server.

    From personal experience I know some of the installs for some workstations can be 7 hours long. Its much faster to restore a ghost.
    I have made a ghost from my C: (Windows XP setup) on a CDR. I'm currently still in progress, at the moment the ghost file is only 300 Mb in size

    I used XPLite to get rid of all the unneeded **** from windows XP like Outlook Express, games, dll cache, help files and so on.

    I also disabled hibernation (saves me 256Mb file), and disabled system restore, and set temp.inet files to 0...

    My system runs rather fast now, booting in like 30sec, and when i'm on the desktop, only 60Mb ram in use

    Need to install my car-related apps still, but I hope I can fit my ghost on CD (using high-compression)

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    I partition my drive in 3.

    1 OS
    2. DATA
    3. Backup image (ie Ghost the base OS and one with all apps installed + Drivers)

    3 is fat32 so I can ghost back the system should it get corrupted or just need cleaning out. the other two are NTFS.

    However then new system wen it goes in will have two drives.

    one for OS and one for data.

    BTW it is recommended that the swap file be placed on a seperate disk to the system disk if more than one disk is installed. ALthough as the second disk will hold all the MP3's and DIVX's it might not be a goos idea, will have to look into that.

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    I always suggest ~10GB for windows drive. You can do lower, around ~5-6 works.

    Here's my setup:
    C: Windows (10GB) HDD1
    D: Apps (40GB) HDD2
    E: Games (40GB) HDD2
    F: Music (70GB) HDD1

    Somehow when I partitioned the one it rearranged them like that. I've had issues with windows (Damn you WinME) and it's always nice to keep minimal info in the windows partition. I've done wipes of windows and been back up and running within 2 hours.

    Also, in my Apps folder (since I doubt I'll ever fill it to capacity) I have all the updated install files of all the programs I download. That way, if I ever need to reinstall them they're right at hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJSmiley
    I used XPLite to get rid of all the unneeded **** from windows XP like Outlook Express, games, dll cache, help files and so on.

    I also disabled hibernation (saves me 256Mb file), and disabled system restore, and set temp.inet files to 0...

    My system runs rather fast now, booting in like 30sec, and when i'm on the desktop, only 60Mb ram in use
    Turning off hybernation? Windows running faster? 30 sec boot? Man, I kept my hibernation on and on resume it takes ~10 secs with 600 MHZ CPU. I used WINXP pro turned everything off that I could think of.
    That is still a pretty good time for that much RAM I suppose, still depends on CPU speed, but it would be faster from hybernation.

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    Will windows slow down if i am using seperate partitions? Does it take longer to read a video file from partition D if my system or program app is on Partition C? I get this idea because when I install the game emulator MAME, they always say put the directory in the C: directory to run faster (which it does). Thoughts?

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    If you have one hard drive. Just make two partitions.

    Setup your "my documents" folder and your favourites etc. to automatically save into the second partition.

    Have windows installed on the first paritition (along with swap file), that way you can re-image the first partition and still keep all of your data alive.

    (all data (music, backups, documents, etc..) are all saved into the second partition)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi7001
    Will windows slow down if i am using seperate partitions? Does it take longer to read a video file from partition D if my system or program app is on Partition C? I get this idea because when I install the game emulator MAME, they always say put the directory in the C: directory to run faster (which it does). Thoughts?
    I think thats hogwash, but thats just me.

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