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#1 Drumstik

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Posted 18 January 2005 - 08:50 PM

I have a new computer with a 120g hd and slave hd of 20g. I also have 1g of memory. What is the best way to setup partitions on my computer.

A friend of mine suggested the following:

20g for operating system

5g for swap file

Remainder for ms office and other files and applications

20g slave drive to be used for backup.

All I am interested in is something that is easy to use and maintain. I do nothing fancy on this computer as far as playing games or anything like that.

Also which is better to use for emails, outlook or outlook express

Thanks in advance :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 12:43 AM

i try and keep system data seperate from other non system data such as programs.I would either put the OS on the 20 gig HDD, or partition the 20 gig to two 10 gig partitions and put the OS on 1 of the 10 gig partions and use the other 10 gig partition for programs and the 120 gig for personal data.

you could if your data was important make a 10 gig partion out of the 120 gig and mirror it using a software raid 1 array.

The above is what i would do


Outlook express is a cut down version of outlook and only includes the email part of outlook, outlook contains stuff like calander and tasks.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 04:43 AM

My opinion would be to partition the 120gig into 20 and 100 gig respectively.
since the 120gig is faster then the 20gig I would use the 20 for backup purposes only, the 20 gig partition created from the 120 should be more then enough for basic OS, software and applications.
The remaining 100gig I would use for games and any additional software required.
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 08:45 AM

Thanks for your input I meant to get back to you sooner but have been busy. Since I am not an expert on setting up partitions, is ok to just leave the 120g as one partition, Purchase ghost and put a ghost image on cd's?

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:21 PM

Setting up partitions is very easy if you use the utility provided by the hard drive manufacturer. If you got a CD with the HDD it will be on there. If not, go to their website. The advantage of having a seperate partition for the operating system and program files is that when you need to reinstall the operating system all your other data is elsewhere and left untouched.

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Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:33 PM

Partitions are useful if you ever want to defrag just a portion at a time, and are good for security reasons as well. Having one partition for your OS, one for programs and applications, and one or two for data storage is always usefull, from my experience.

Outlook is perhaps more usefull if you are using your computer for business; Outlook Express is only an Email Client, but is easier to use. Quite frankly, I don't use either, and am quite happy the functionality and better security provided by the Mozilla suite.

Regards and enjoy your new computer.
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Posted 19 January 2005 - 02:58 PM

Setting up partitions is very easy if you use the utility provided by the hard drive manufacturer. If you got a CD with the HDD it will be on there. If not, go to their website. The advantage of having a seperate partition for the operating system and program files is that when you need to reinstall the operating system all your other data is elsewhere and left untouched.

Isn't it so that when you have to reinstall the operating system or just repair Windows that you need to reinstall programs anyway even if they are on different partitition?
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