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Proper partioning of hard drive for new

By bobbinaw ·
Hi everyone,
Need u guys advise on how to partion a
20G hard drive well, I will be running win 2000, office 2000 & some applications.Thanks.

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Partitioning HD

by Thmiuatga In reply to Proper partioning of hard ...


Since you're using Win2k and it's based on NT
I think you may have to set up your primary partition with a size of 2048MB. I know it's crazy but NT won't install in a partition bigger than 2Gb. I am only using this swag (scientific wise-*** guess) since I am somewhat familiar with NT but not with Win2k but fully aware that Win2k is an upgrade of NT. If I am wrong on these accounts just divide the drive in 2 equal partitions that way you will have room for the OS and programs and room tostore the data you create. You could divide it up into 5 partitions of 5GB each but you run the risk of not having enough room for your other programs and applications plus spreading your data out too much. I hope this helps you.

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Win2000 & HDD partitioning

by Bill_W In reply to Partitioning HD

Well, I've found that W2000 does not have a 2Gb limit (I am running three PCs on 2000 here at home, and have been able to have whatever size I want). This PC has a 40Gb drive as one big partition, and it suits me fine. I used to like the idea of multiple partitions (a la Netware volumes) at one stage, but now feel that, if you can, a great big partition, = the size of the disk is a better option these days, for personal use.
Of course, in a corporate setting with shared or network drives having OS/System on one volume/partition, and apps/data on other volumes/partitions makes good sense for resilience & management, etc.
Other ideas from others out there?

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Single partition

by archon285 In reply to Win2000 & HDD partitionin ...

I would confirm that W2000 will happily take a single partition. Much easier to find things, if you think through the structure you want in your directories before you start. I think the days of multiple partitions are over.

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Multiple Partitions far from over

by IT-IS Manager In reply to Single partition

Multiple partitions are very useful in corporate and personal environments. With the exception of gigs of MP3s on a personal home machine or those dealing with/collecting large video or graphic files, most people do not need the gigabytes of space put into new machines. If you have it, you might as well utilize it efficiently. Create a large partition on your C: drive for programs and your OS. And store your data and installation files on one or two other partitions. At home I have all my typical programs on my C: drive which is 10gig, my games on my drive which is 10gig, and my data (docs, spreadsheets, graphics, MP3s, etc..) on my 10gig E: drive. The E: drive also holds a copy of the OS CD, drivers and updates/programs downloaded fromthe web. If you need to re-install the OS, everything you have purchased/downloaded over the last year is there to re-install when you need it. After I install the base OS, I create an Image on my E: drive so that I can re-install a clean base imageand start over whenever I want. Re-installing the games over the old allows me to save my saved games in an organized location, and my data remains intact as well. "My Documents" is pointed to my "data" drive. When backing up, (for those who do) it is much easier to point to one "data" drive for the files - instead of trying to locate data in directories throughout the C: drive. If there is one thing I have learned, is that if a backup is complicated or takes much thought - it won't get done. Although you could organize your data in a common subdirectory structure on your C: drive, having multiple partitions forces people to think organized. I think multiple partitions are here to stay, I just wish the big computer sellers would atleast split some of those monster drives in half. One example of where this would help... When most manufacturers have a user re-image their drive (or C: partition, if their data was on a

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Multiple Partitions

by cza2791 In reply to Multiple Partitions far f ...

Multiple partions work great for a personal pc. For the corporate environment with Win2k, it would just be too complicated for the "common user". Besides, you can only have one partition when you take advantage of the RIS services on Windows 2000. Just my two cents.

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more partitions on large drive saves spa

by davidnguyen76 In reply to Multiple Partitions

you can get more out of your disk if you partition your large 40gb into 2 or 3 partition. By doing this you could save a potental 200MB - 1GB of disk space depends on how you partition the drive. Larger partition will allocate more kb per sector.Look into partition magic to find out more info on this.

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Gotta agree!

by Rabs In reply to Multiple Partitions far f ...

This man has it right! Multiple partitions mean a more recoverable PC in the event of a disaster. Of course having an image of your boot volume on a CD or separate physical disk is always better. OS on one, Apps on another and Data/image on the last- that's how I set mine up. That way you can guarentee swap/pagefile sizes and temp files etc. as well as clear them down easily. Also multiple partitions are just generally more manageable and secure - especially in these day of home LAN's and shared internet connections!

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by cul8rm8e In reply to Multiple Partitions far f ...

all i want to say is thanx for saving me the time to reply to this as you hit the nail on the head!

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Partitioning with Win2k

by rhahne01 In reply to Partitioning HD

Since you are using Win2k for the OS, you can make only one partition if you want, but it is not recommended. I have found that on any HDD I use with Win2k, is is better to make a primary partition of 3GB to 4GB, then use the rest of the drive for any storage, such as moving My Documents folder to the partition. Also it is a good idea to install any non-microsoft program or application on the partition. Moving the pageing file to helps improve performance. I hope this helps.

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3gb - 4gb single partitions

by gcox In reply to Partitioning with Win2k

on a nework i have about 20 w2k pc's running most have single partions. the ones that have 2.5gb of space on the system drive can run out of disk space. for example. large attachments to outlook 2k, it will kick up 'out of disk space'

whether this is a normal microsoft problem or a problem with the disk space i don't know but there are no temp files in there, and in disc admin, sure enough there is only about 200 mb left spare.

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