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By galehickey2 ·
I read that it is a good idea to partiton your hardrive into 3 partitions-one each for your operating system,in my case WINXP, Program Files and saved files.What do I need in my OS partition in case the OS needs to be re-insralled-the Windows folderand nothing else? Any suggestions.Thanks.

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by TheChas In reply to PARTITION

A multi-partition strategy needs to be part of the initial setup of your PC.

You cannot just re-partition the drive and move files and folders around. Windows will not boot or will not run your programs if you just move things around.

Here is what I do:

For the C: (boot) (OS) partition, I install Windows and any system utilities. Basically the items that are part of running the PC and file recovery.

On the drive, I install application software that allows me to choose an installation path.

On my files drive (F: for my system) I create folders for each type of application files.
I then use the preferences and settings within each application to change the default file path to the proper folder on my data drive.

Even with this setup, your boot (OS) drive will have a number of folders and files on it.

Documents and Settings
My Documents
Program Files

You will still need 2GB to 10GB for this partition.

The size of your application partition depends on the size of the programs you install.

I have 12GB for my OS partition with 2GB free
6GB for applications with 3GB free
and 70GB of data drives with 15GB free.

Check out the partition strategy article at


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