Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:26 PM
Setup/drive partitioning is a personal thing.
Now, my favorite setup is 3 partitions, assuming you want to set up a restore partition with WIN7/Acronis/Ghost.
Partition 1 is the primary: OS and programs. I usually run about 1/4 to 1/3 of total drive size on this partition. Out of a 250 gig drive, 80gig is a happy number.
Partition 2 is DATA. Pics, documents, music, movies, TV episodes, etc. I allocate at least half of the drive space to this partition.
Partition 3 is a restore partition. I usually use either Ghost or the WIN 7 backup to image the hard drive OS/Program partition.
Random stuff: The primary partition doesn't get sloppy too fast as the documents/data are saved to the Data partition. It is possible to restore the primary partition quickly with a boot disk. I usually install the OS, all updates/service packs, essentials (for me MS Word/Nero CD burner/7zip/codec packs etc), and then make a backup to keep on the restore partition. It usually doesn't go bigger than 15-20gigs with normal compression. I live by Murphy's law....."Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong." Stuff happens. PITA virus/trojan infections, messing with the registry, installing that last Microsoft update that BSODs your system, and that defrag that caused an "Uh Oh" moment happen. Been there. I like being able to restore to a functional system in 15 minutes with all of my essential programs there if I need them.
To be safe, that backup and data partition should be backed up externally as well in case the whole hard drive takes a dump (which I have experience a few times as well over the years).
I am a retired Ford tech. Next to Fords, any computer is a piece of cake. (The cake, its not a lie)
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