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Fresh Install of Vista Ultimate 64 Bit - To Partition or Not

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#1 Kawika9


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Posted 14 September 2010 - 12:07 AM

I plan to do a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate 64 Bit on a brand new 1 TB hard drive. What I am trying to figure out is whether or not it would be a good idea to create two partitions on the drive....one solely for Vista & the other for personal files. Doing a little research...I have found some users who preach that it is good to separate the two just in case you need to do a full reinstall of Vista and/or to just keep your personal files safe. I have found other users who preach that it is best to use a single partition unless you plan to have multiple OS's on the drive...which I do not plan to do. Is there a best case scenario for the typical home user? If I do make a separate partition for Vista...how much space do I need to designate for it to use? Another question is...when I install new programs to the computer...do I install it to the default location (i.e., with the Vista partition) or do I re-direct it to a new set of directories on the data partition? Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 16 September 2010 - 05:15 PM

You can partition it and keep Vista on a separate partition and use the other partition for back up.

I highly recommend keeping all your programs installed to c:\program files and c:\program files(x86) these two directories pertain to 64bit OSes like yours.

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