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This first question was sent to me directly from TR member aee2k. Please post your answer in the discussion thread.

Hope you can help me and answer something that’s been really perplexing and confusing me for a long time: I’ve always been under the conception that it’s better to partition your hard drive and that you should have a partition for Windows only, and that the other partitions should hold data and programs. This is what I’ve pretty much always done, with the exception of the very-close-to-system programs (firewall, AV, etc) being on the Windows partition. Programs are on their own partition, as is the data, documents, music etc. I also know you can’t just copy programs back but have to reinstall them so the registry entries get resolved. Here’s what perplexes me: If you have to reinstall the OS and everything on the Windows partition is wiped out in the install process (including the registry), what is the point of having the programs on a separate partition? Aren’t all the programs lost too because the registry is lost? Doesn’t each one have to be reinstalled? What has been bought by having the programs on a separate partition? I really do hope you can help and clear this up.

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