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Best partition strategy for new & existing HDD

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#1 burnface


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:44 AM

Please feel free to move this to wherever it should be! I couldn't really decide the best place.. :(

I currently have a 5400rpm 250gb hard drive that's relatively old, and a new 7200rpm 1tb drive.. I guess I'm just wondering the best way to partition them for what I'm using them for!

Things I will be using:

Adobe suite

I was thinking to just put Ubuntu on the old drive I guess..
What should I do with the 1tb and the rest of what I need?

I read somewhere that someone else had a separate partition for only games and had XP installed there.. since I have XP too would that be a good decision or not?

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

Thanks much!!

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:52 AM

People often partition their drives to suit their own specific needs, I have 2 500 gig hard drives in RAID 0, which basically makes it a single 1 TB drive. I have it partitioned out 500 GBs each. I have my OS and all my programs installed to the first partition, and all my pictures and music on the second, that way if I have to reformat for any reason (which I do regularly) I can without losing any of my data.



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#3 hamluis



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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:24 PM

Well...IMO, the smaller the Windows partition, the better off the user is.

Running chkdsk /r and defrag over large partitions...tends to take more time than is really necessary and the user cannot use the Windows partition while chkdsk /r is running.

I dual-boot XP and Win 7, with respective partitions of 25GB for XP and 35GB for Win 7.

I also install all programs and critical updates on the Windows partitions.

All other partitions (totalling more than 2TB) are strictly storage partitions designed to fit my personal wants (backups, video files, graphics files, music files, etc.).


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