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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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Partitions are best.

by macbug In reply to partition is my vote

I use three partitions for several reasons.

1 O/S
2 Application Programs
3 Data Storage and Downloads

First BG still has not proved to me that he can deliver a bug free O/S.

Second reason is access time due to less fragmenting of Application programs.

Third is defragmentation time increases with the size of the partition or disks.

I hope you will consider my approach it has saved me some time and problems in the past.
Sincerely macbug

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partitioning a hard drive

by PaulE54600 In reply to Partitions are best.

I agree that having several partitions is better than one. I initially installed win 2k on on 17Gb partition using the install disk to partition. Then repartitioned with partition magic 6.0 to keep data separate.If Iwant to run another OS I can create another bootable partition and still have room for backup copies . When an OS becomes corrupted I can delete it and copy the backup in less time than you can make coffee.

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Yours is like mine but I use

by zlitocook In reply to partitioning a hard drive

one size depending on the O/S if I can use a smaller partition I do. Because it's easyer to defrag, scandisk and do general clean up. Also I keep all programs on a diffrent partition, keeps the O/S running faster and if it cr*ps out I can reload theO/S and put the shortcuts back in vary little time.

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What about registry entries?

by wayne.thomson In reply to Yours is like mine but I ...

When you reload your OS (in partition c:), how do you get your registry entries back in for applications (kept in partition d:)?

It seems to me you would have to reload apps anyway?

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re: Regisrty Entries

by eBob In reply to Yours is like mine but I ...

Some will say that you can just "register" from the command prompt. I have tried this but some Windoze S/W is built on so many components, that it is real easy to miss somthing "important". For that reason alone, I always reload apps.

There's another benefit of reloading. When I rebuild a system I think it's a bit like cleaning out the garage. I pull everything out, and start to put it all back, but neater this time (hoping I can find my cordless drill or whatever when I really "need" it). Sometimes I look at something as I put it back and decide to trash it, or replace it, or upgrade it, or maybe it needs some work so I set it aside.

The same thing holds for rebuilding a system, I think.

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by pmyers In reply to Partitions are best.

Start with 500mb - 1gb boot partition.
this is useful for DOS and Win9x/ME.

I like to have 10 gb for win2k O/S and apps
then a 10 gb disater recovery partition containing ghost image of win2k partition.

Next I would have 20 - 40 gb data partition.
remainder of disk i would use for other O/S es such as Netware and Linux.

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On W2K partitioning

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

Create 2GB drive C: using FAT32, put the system and installation files on it. This will give you an insurance that you can get into the C: prompt using DOS-if anything goes wrong. The rest of the hard drive partition using NTFS and put your Office 2000,other apps and data there.

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At least 2 partitions

by huaywen In reply to On W2K partitioning

This is normally how I partition the HDD for my customers.

First partition will host the OS and the applcations, the second will keep all the data. If anything goes wrong with the OS or applications I can just reinstall them back without losing data.

About the size of the partitions is all up to you, you have to decide how many applications you are going to put in and what is the size of data you are expecting to be stored in the second partition.

Hope this helps.


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Partition Sizes

by eBob In reply to At least 2 partitions

When going to 2 partitions on a HD I like to give about 5GB for W2K. Then as many of the applications as possible (i.e., mostly non-M$) get loaded into the other (in this case 15GB) partition. This is also where the data is stored.

I have not found it necessary to re-install W2K (yet), so I suppose this is a relic from W9x and NT4. I found with W95, especially, I had to install the O/S, regularly. W98 was a bit better.

Sometimes, I have used a 10GB c partition for both O/S and applications. This is because I found most of the time when I re-installed O/S, I had to re-install the applications just so they (and their dozens of components) would "register" properly.

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fat no longer needed

by charles_autrey In reply to On W2K partitioning

On NT4 systems I know that a fat partition is a good idea in case it bacame necessary to boot from dos for troubleshooting. In my opinion this is no longer necessary with Win2k. Win2k has several recovery options like safe mode and the command recovery console.
For partitioning I still like at least 2 partitions. More if you have a good idea what you will use them for. First partition for OS and apps second for data and backup images of OS.

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