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Separate partitions for Windows XP and other programs?


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#1 Thoughtful Skeptic

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:20 PM

I am using Windows XP and want to create partitions on my C-drive to make it easier to do backups.

The plan is to create a C-partition for the Windows operating system and a separate D-partition for my data.

The purpose is to be able backup on an external drive an image of the (bootable) C-partition as of a previous date
and then use PING software on a bootable CD to restore it later if necessary.

My question:

Is there an advantage in also creating a separate partition for all my other personal programs (as opposed to the Windows programs) so that I could back them up separately, or would it be better to include my programs in the C-partition with Windows?

Is it in fact possible to back up and then restore programs separately since many will access items in the registry and might not work if the Windows partition has been restored as of a prior date?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:34 PM

<<Is there an advantage in also creating a separate partition for all my other personal programs (as opposed to the Windows programs) so that I could back them up separately, or would it be better to include my programs in the C-partition with Windows?>>

Personally, I see no advantage at all to having programs installed in a separate partition...while I do see a possible nuisance. Windows seems to operate better if programs are where it expects to find them...and creating a second partition on the same drive results in slower access times between the two partitions.

But others have differing opinions :thumbsup:.

<<Is it in fact possible to back up and then restore programs separately since many will access items in the registry and might not work if the Windows partition has been restored as of a prior date?>>

That I have no answer for...I've never used any of my backups (full system partition backups) for anything other than to get data files or copies of programs which I want to install. (I don't backup because I'm reluctant to reinstall Windows...I back up so that I can have historical data or programs if I desire such in the future.)

As for restoring a program...I suppose it depends on the software used. I know that restoring individual data files was easily done by me, using Drive Image 2002.

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Posted 20 January 2010 - 06:39 PM

Personally, I see no advantage at all to having programs installed in a separate partition...while I do see a possible nuisance. Windows seems to operate better if programs are where it expects to find them...and creating a second partition on the same drive results in slower access times between the two partitions.

But others have differing opinions .


I have the same opinion as Hamluis on the above statement

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:19 PM

Thank you Hamluis and Stang777.

That answers my question - I shall NOT make a separate partition for programs.

So Windows and all programs will go in the C-partition while my data will go in the MY Documents folder which I will put on the D-partition.

I appreciate the help you are giving.

Regards,

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Posted 21 January 2010 - 04:52 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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