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Should I partition a 40Gb H/drive ?


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#1 ozi

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Posted 16 April 2009 - 09:45 PM

Hi Guy's
I have purchased a formatted ex lease Dell Optiplex GX270 P4 desktop 2.8ghz PC with XP Pro coa & a 40gb hard drive for my wife to use on the internet & wanted to know if I should partition it & what size partition should I use ? It will only be running XP & I was wondering if I should partition it at all ?

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:02 AM

I am not a fan of having two partitions on one disk but many people are. I have heard all the reasons people think it is good to do it but I still do not see the point. Whether or not you do it is all a matter of personal preference.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:21 AM

40 GB is not too large hard disk capacity as per modern trends. I would not partition the hard disk, if I were in your position.

But if you want to store data (mp3 pics etc) on a different partition, then you may want to create a separate partition for that. It is always better to store such data on a s separate partition. In that case, 10-15 GB would be good enough for Windows XP and rest for second partition.

But a better solution for data storage would be to use some external sotrage like USB stick or hard disk.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 12:59 AM

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I am actually in favour of having extra Partitions to ensure that XP runs well, for example, I have a 200G split into 5 Partitions of around 40G. The other 4 Partitions are mainly for Storage, but some Large Programs we load into D: Drive just to keep the load off C: Drive.

In your case I would leave 40G for your XP, it appears an ideal size for it, and, if you needed extra storage use either another HDD as a Slave or an external HDD, they are not very expensive these days.

As said earlier, it is really just a matter of taste, but under 40G XP can slow down quite a bit, from my own experience.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 02:53 AM

Many thanks Guy's :thumbsup: :flowers:
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Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:07 AM

Just be careful if installing programs to secondary drives/partitions, as it can break some software if it doesn't install itself correctly. To really reap performance benefits, it's usually best to keep your storage items (music, videos, pictures etc) on a second physical drive. As far as keeping it all on one drive and one partition (like with notebooks) as long as you keep at least one third of the drive free of files and keep the drive defragged, you should get the best performance possible out of it.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:31 AM

40 GB does not need partitioning (I had a topic about this a month ago, but cannot find it any more). The XP-partition should have about 40 GB, otherwise you will encounter problems when installing additional programs, if there doesnt remain enough free space, the performance will reduce.

Personally I dont like partitions, but sometimes they are useful, as mentioned also in other posts. I have a 80 GB HDD unpartitioned. I would partition a disk larger than 150 GB, because otherwise its too big and will also reduce system performance.

Edited by elise025, 17 April 2009 - 04:33 AM.

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:17 AM

Just be careful if installing programs to secondary drives/partitions, as it can break some software if it doesn't install itself correctly.


Whilst you are correct on the Secondary Drives, a Partition on the Main HDD is not a Problem from all my years experience, except if you reformat and reinstall C: Drive. Then of course you have to reinstall the Programs based on D: Drive for C: Drive to pick them up again, but otherwise, never a Problem and just an over the Top reinstall leaves the Data intact, all it does is reinstall the missing Files for C: Drive removed on reformat.

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