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    I have a 250gb drive split into 3 partitions.

    OS and programs - I figured this will change quite often and I was right. @ 25gb it defrags a lot quicker than the whole disk.

    Data - Well media to be more precise. This rarely changes, just new files added occasionally.

    Backups - Not mission critical, just a Ghost of the O/S and various device drivers and program archives. If I need to re-install anything I can do it from here.

    The main reason I did it like this was to avoid defragging the whole drive too often.

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    I agree with most users.... two partitions are good. One for the OS (programs & Windows) and one for the Data files (movies and music)..

    I have 3 partitions... on the third partition i keep a backup of each partition. (1 and 2 seperate)...of course this requires a large HD, but now adays a 300G goes for less than $100..




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    Partitioning just limits your contiguous free space for no reason if you ask me. If you install into a new directory, you really don't need to reformat when reinstalling the OS.

    Besides, prices are 30 cents per GB on E-Bay right now. Use the entire old drive for the OS and buy a new huge drive for your media. Why not just have multiple HDDs (and network drives)? At home I have 3 computers (HTPC, Bedroom PC, Office PC) that share: a drive for DVD-Rips, a drive for TV-Recordings, a drive for current/recent Azureous Downloads, a drive for Emulator/Video-Games, a drive for Music/Music-Videos/Discographies, a drive for applications and ISOs, and 3 drives for the OS's. 1.5TB in all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadhog
    I have a 250gb drive split into 3 partitions.

    OS and programs - I figured this will change quite often and I was right. @ 25gb it defrags a lot quicker than the whole disk.

    Data - Well media to be more precise. This rarely changes, just new files added occasionally.

    Backups - Not mission critical, just a Ghost of the O/S and various device drivers and program archives. If I need to re-install anything I can do it from here.

    The main reason I did it like this was to avoid defragging the whole drive too often.

    seems we have a similar opinion here road hog, here's me quoting my post in the previously mentioned thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    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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    Partitions are good, you don't NEED them, but they only help not hinder. . .
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    How do you figure?

    1) How do they help? The only use is if you like to re-format all the time. This is no longer necessary in todays PC world. You can do just as clean an install by renaming some directories before booting from CD.

    2) They totally hinder. If you make your boot partition too small it might fill up due to crappy programs that will only work off the boot-drive (large "common files" and such). If you make it to big then you have less room on your "media" partition for if your collection grows.

    I don't see any reason to run multiple partitions. In fact, if you have more than one extra HDD in your PC, I recommend running both secondary drives as a single striped partition (the only drawback is that if either of your drives total crash, all the data is gone... but a total HDD failure is very rare in my experience).

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    Well partitions are basically the same as having multiple drives (much like you do) If you crash a partition the other one is usually recoverable. Its basically a cheap way to have multiple disks. If one partition is infected with a virus, the others are safe. Like I said they are not necessary but as a linux/unix user I know how to use them. If you don't know what your doing with partitioning I could see where you think they would be useless, but for the inclined they can be a VERY valuable tool. Partitons are what make the *nix O.S.'s so rock solid and stable. Different sections of the OS operating files are put on different partitions as to avoid conflict. It would be the same if windows used say a partition for all .DLL files, etc. Its the only file type the partition handles resulting in system stability. I could go on and on but for instance my Desktop has 3 - 80Gb harddrives and each harddrive has multiple partitions, and I would say my system is probably about 1000% more secure than yours. another example is when your dealing with high end applications, I use photoshop cs2 at work and I have setup a dedicated 3 gig "swap" partition that this app uses exclusively like RAM. Its called a scratch volume. It conserves system resources. Also windows "swaps" data into the pagefile.sys file on the C: drive which is a terriable design. Swap space is much more efficient when its on a seperate partition. These are the little things that make windows slow and buggy. If you still don't believe me think about this, the backbone of the internet are UNIX machines which, are multi partition, and can achieve uptime counted in YEARS. Anyway everyone is entilted to their opinion but ive ran systems both ways and partitions only help not hinder...
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    For an OS that is designed to run off multiple partitions, they make sense. For a Windows home network on a router/firewall I still don't buy it. It is wise to keep the Windows swap-file on a separate drive (as I do). My main point is that with the price of HDDs these days, it is always better just to buy another drive rather than partitioning a single. How do you manage the partitions when you do start running out of space on one or the other?

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    2-3 partions is just fine, one for OS/progs, one for media/file storage and if you want, one for back up.

    My main point is that with the price of HDDs these days, it is always better just to buy another drive rather than partitioning a single. How do you manage the partitions when you do start running out of space on one or the other?
    in a carPC enviroment, there are power and physical space concerns with adding a new hard drive. And I'm surprised that all the people here saying "what if you run out of space" have never used programs that allow you to resize your partitions on the fly (PQ Partition Magic anyone?) if you need more room on C but you have room on D, just slide the little bar over, wait a little while, and you have more room.
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