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By curtkiesling ·
I have a 80 GB HD. What is the best way to partition this drive?
What size should each partition be?

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Hard Drive Partition

Ok, depends on what you are going to do with the drive:

A single OS, maybe a 60/70gig partition for the OS and for the programs.

Then, what is left turn into a document drive, it sucks when the OS crashes and you lose all the documents and settings, ne?

Maelgwyn

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by curtkiesling In reply to Hard Drive Partition

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by hughesm1 In reply to Hard Drive Partition

What I've done with my home systems 40GB drive is partition the 1st 4GB and dedicate that to my OS, then partition the remainder as file storage.

For an 80GB drive, I would dedicate 6GB to the OS; due to the ever increasing size of operating systems and subsequent patches/hotfixes etc. and use the remainder as file storage.

Don't forget to make images of the drives on a regular basis. On the OS drive, at least save a copy the registry in both partitions as well as critical files. I would also save the patches/hotfixes on the file storage partition so in the event your OS becomes corrupt, you don't have to download all those patches again (a real time saver!)

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by csmith In reply to Hard Drive Partition

At home use? It doesn't matter much 80 Gigs is a lot.
Two partitions is fine. Most people run one.
Business? One partition, and back up. 80 gigs will fill in a hurry, and you want to use the whole drive.
Regards, Chris

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by CG IT In reply to Hard Drive Partition

I allocate 10GB for the operating system, then partition up the rest like filing cabnet drawers. I have one partition for just software programs used on an every day basis[Office XP, Photoshop, Pinnacle Studio, Maya and so on. A partition for games for goofing off. And a partition for software I don't use often, might uninstall, just trying out, draft files draft video, draft photos, unedited video files, music files, files I don't necessarily back up.

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by CG IT In reply to Hard Drive Partition

note: I use dynamic disk on W2K so that size of the dynamic disks can be changed using unallocated free space without the limitations of a fdisk partition.

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by TheChas In reply to Hard Drive Partition

A lot depends on which version of Windows you are going to use.

For W98 / Me, I personally do not set up boot partitions or logical drives larger then 32GB.

With the FAT32 file system, the larger your partition, the more space is wasted on thedrive.

The cluster size when you run fdisk is the smallest increment of space that any file will use.
If you have a 32K byte cluster size, even a 1 byte file uses 32KB of disk space.

For NTFS, this is not as much of an issue.

There is a good article on drive partitioning philosophy posted at www.aumha.org

Chas

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