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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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2/3 Partitions

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

I would suggest 2 partitions, maybe even 3 - depending on what you plan to do with this machine. The first partition should be about 4-5 Gb, this is the system partition (C:). Make it NTFS, move the page file onto the other (or one of the other) partitions. This partition is for program files only. Try to keep data off it that will change regularly. This is in order to stop the partition from defragmenting. Rembmer, you need about 15-20% of the total disk volume to do a proper defragmentation (unless you have got 3rd party software).
The question between 2 & 3 parttion is this, do you intend on having large databases or not. I have found that some of my users have large databases that change frequently, so they swap and change these regularly. For these users we normally have got 3 partitions. One dedicated partition for their database, and one for all of their other items. If I have 3 partitions I would move the page file onto the partitions that the databases are NOT on.
If you only have one single disk there is no benefit of moving the page file from one partition to another (it is all one disk after all). Because the page file can grow and shrink in size I would move it off the system partition, to stop it from fragmenting it.

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goofytek retired techie

by goofytek In reply to 2/3 Partitions

Hi to all one point missed in the discussion is that FAT32 8.34GB limit 4KB clusters then they increase to 8KB (wasted disk space
Next if OS is in Active Partition 1 then its easy to redo-with zipped copy in Partition 2
on 20GB at least 3 to keep under 8.4GB each
But I prefer 3-to-5GB Active for OS
install programs on \Program Files
that will remove them from C: drive incase of Reinstall on C:
So I recommend IE:
4GB+8+8GB or 4GB+5+5+5 the rset
I would direct all downloads Installed programs to the 3rd partition That way easy to reinstall if C: is redone+ zipped copy of Windows folder+Program Files in 3rd a backup
That way only ave to unsip the backups & copy all into C: to redo
aurevoir Hope this helps

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Omissions regarding Swap file

by goofytek In reply to goofytek retired techie

Norton utilities makes a FIXED Swap file automatically with Norton Optimiser
No more fragmentation because of variable Swap file or U can make seperate partition 100-200MB for Swap File then direct Vitual memeory to \Win386.swp
that completely stops Fragmentation from the Swap file
Reired techie signing off Keith

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I like 6gig for w2k

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

On a 20 gig I like a 6gig c: I format it as fat32 then after I get the os installed and drive d: formatted. I install my core apps. CD burner/office/quicken etc. Then I make a ghost image of the c: partition copied to the d: I keep most other apps and data on the d: where I can back the files up to a cd rom. In an emergency I restore the ghost image if/when windows explodes. Its 10 min with all needed apps installed and ready to rock.

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Cluster Size

by rlyehable In reply to I like 6gig for w2k

What is the cluster size under NTFS?
I know that it varies under FAT32 with the size of the drive, but do not know how it varies with NTFS.

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by jcarter In reply to Cluster Size

Cluster size on an NTFS partition is 512KB.

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proper partioning a 20gb hard drive

by mike beck In reply to Proper partioning of hard ...

I would suggest you partion into 3 parts, one for the system (not a logical drive), one for programs anda third for any data. this makes backing up data much easier. Size of partions: system say 8gb, progs say 8gb and data 4gb. The programs anddata partions would be logical drives in an extended partion. Hope this helps.

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Make it work for you

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

Since no brand, network or management system was identified:
1. System utility partition
2. Sleep-to-disk partition
3. Network management partition, if used (i.e., ghost)
4. OS & application
5. If drive large enough, ghost to disk recovery partition. (don't forget a boot disk with the ghost program).

Just for home use, split the drive in two and ghost it to itself for quick recovery.

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Many Partitions = PC working smarter

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

Lot of interesting discussions my background of mainframes uses distinct volumes and multiple systems.

Drive C: (multiple systems)
Nowadays Partition Magic makes partition construction, sizing and boot management very simple so if you are experimenting in this area get PM as a primary tool. The PC HDD can have three physical partitions so use this and I have alternate or back up systems available

Drive (Swap file)
Then I find a separate swap file (as covered by reply #24 from goofytek) a good idea when next to the primary partitions. The separate partition does have a separate disk cache handling and so even if it is on the same HDD (same actuator and heads) it still handles I/O better than on the same volume as the system.
Drive E: (Applications)
This I use for the majority of the applications.

Drive F: (Data)
For all the reasons given in other replies it is a good idea to keep the live data separate from the other partitions. Now as (and if) you move between different systems the same applications and data can be available to each and every different system.

Drive G: (Archive)
If you have room put downloads and setup files here.

Allocate CD drive(s) a higher address than just "the next available letter". I have an internal CD-ROM and an external CD-RW drive which I have assigned the letters "M" and "N" respectively. Go to the Control Panel choose System and select the TAB Device Manager, and then pick whichever CD drive is attached under CDROM. Go to its Properties and pick the TAB for Settings and pick the Reserved Drive Letters as required. If you have installed Windows from the CD-ROM then the drive letter for it set in the registry will have been changed and you an find this set in the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup

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4 Partitions

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

Create 5 partitions in the following fashion:

4G - System (The only reason the system drive is that large is to accommodate dumb programs that insist on installing on C.)

2.25 * MAX RAM - Cache [This is an MS recommendation.](Cache on a separate partition will give significant performance improvement (it won't frag your apps or data). Change the Cache partition drive letter to whatever you want in the Drive Mgt util, but this will reduce head travel. You should also set the security policy to clear the cache on shutdown.)

6G - Apps (Won't change too much, if you keep your data on another partition.)

?G - Active Data (Where most of you activity goes on aside from the cache.)

1-2G - Downloads (Mostly static data won't need tobe defragged and can get large)

If you are setting up a web server, you should also set aside a separate partition for that.


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