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Using partitions efficiently

By stuartianmac ·
What is the best way to arrange applications, system files & OS, data and my files across the multiple partitions? I have seen a few small DOS-based apps for partitioning drives but they seem to be designed for quite high-level users and admins. Simply, what is the best way to partition my drive and make the best use of the facility?

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First of all, there is no one "best" way. Optimizing drive space is very dependant on how you will be using your pc. You also need to take into account the limitations of your OS versus the size of the drive.

I partition my PCs for convienienceof backing up data, and ease of locating files.
I have the primary partition for the OS and "system" related programs.
On the extended partition, I have several logical drives:
An application drive.
One for games.
One for Data files.
One forDigital Images.
One for drivers and programs that I have downloaded.

Since these are FAT32 drives, I looked at the cluster size table, and adjusted the drive sizes slightly to keep from just stepping into the next larger cluster size.

This isprobably the only thing to keep a close eye on when setting up a drive. I would strive to not have a drive that is only 100MB above the cluster size step. The size of the cluster is the smallest space any file will take up. If you have an 8KB cluster, all files are saved as 8KB chunks of data. So, a 20 byte file takes up 8KB of drive space.

I also set up a partition that contains backup copies of the system device drivers. After copying the files. I defrag this partition, and use it for virtual memory.

There is a good article on partitioning, and suggestions at www.aumha.org

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Accepted standards for file management are usually based upon the type of operating system used and the functions that the server or client perform. In a Windows based environment the root C partition is typically where the system files will reside. As such, applications by default are typically installed on the system root partition. Depending on the total capacity size of the drive and of each partition size; however, you may want to consider installing all applications on a separate partition from the root, such as \ or any letter you assign to the partition. If you have multiple partitions, you can organize them any way you see fit for your use, for example one partition could contain all your data files, another one could containall your game applications, another one would have all your music, it is entirely up to you, but once you make the decision be sure to keep the file structure organized. If you are running Windows NT/2000, the Disk Administrator found in Administrative Tools will allow you to create partitions on drives that have free space available. You can select the file system for each partition as well, FAT32, HPFS, or NTFS. If you are trying to use a DOS based utility to create partitions on a drive that is currently in use and has data, I would suggest creating a complete backup or image of the drive before attempting the repartitioning process. If the PC you are using will accept a second hard drive I would suggest purchasing another physical drive that meets the requirements of the equipment and installing it as a slave. Most new hard drives are shipped with a utility disk that includes the ability to create partitions during the initial install phase. This will give you a clean freshly installed hard drive with the partitions you can organize and enjoy the benefits of a structured filing system.
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