Usualy with a calculator.Originally Posted by RPM_VR4
And doing that you still have clutter from your previous install sitting around. I always format when I reload Windows. Is it necessary? Probably not, but it adds to my comfort level.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.
You have a very good point. For a boot partition, you should certainly make enough space available to install apps and whatnot, I agree. A 20GB partition is more than enough for Windows, Office, and just about all the apps you'd need on an XP machine.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.
Of course, apps can also be installed to another drive or partition, as well.I have all my games running off a different drive than my boot drive, for example.
Meh. To each his own. I disagree with you.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).