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05-07-2003, 04:01 AM
Would like to Partition my new 120 GB Hard Drive. But would like to find out what is a good size to keep Windows XP on because I'm not to sure if 10GB Partition would be big enough. Would like to keep XP on separate partition because it will be easier to Defrag.

If Windows XP is on C Drive and you have 3 other Partitions drives say D, E, F when installing software on the D drive does system files all any other form of files get copied over to the C Drive.

05-07-2003, 09:20 AM
10Gb more than enough for XP. Depends on how many apps you put along with it. I would say even 2Gb would do, so 10Gb plenty.

Susan B
05-07-2003, 11:32 AM
I have my Win XP and all current (essential only) programs installed on a 10GB C drive and they have all taken up only 4.60GB so far.

05-07-2003, 11:38 AM
if you have a 120GB harddrive, I wouldn't be too concerned. It wasn,t that long ago that 20GB was considered huge

Graham L
05-07-2003, 03:47 PM
Some programmes will "insist" on having some of their components on the C partition. If you give it 10 GB or so, it shouldn't be a problem for a while.

It's a smart idea ... that should make defragmenting happen in a reasonable time. 120 GB is a lot.

05-07-2003, 04:29 PM
Yep it sure is :) I wonder if I'll ever use all the space on my 120gig drive :) At least its a nice quick one haha.

Wouldn't it be best to have like a <4gig Windows partiton, and a separate partition for programs and swap file? Set everything up, just how you like it then make a ghost image.

Then if windows dies, all you have to do is re-copy the ghost image. And your back to work. With the other methods, if windows dies, you have to install all your programs all over again. //

Susan B
05-07-2003, 05:37 PM
PoWa: Go check out the forum's FAQ section for #34B Multiple Partitions. ;-)

05-07-2003, 06:38 PM
Hey! My idea is way better than the faq one! :p

Partitions should be laid out in this order maybe. Note the windows/swap and programs are at the start of the disk for quicker access.

1) 3gig Partition for Windows only. (C:)
2) 1Gb partition for windows swap file (Z:)
3) XXGb partition for programs etc. (D:)
4) Remainder XXGb partition for random stuff (E:)

So you install everything you want, and set everything up just how you like it. Then you use DriveImage or whatever to create a copy of only the C: partition. You would store the image on the E: partition. Then if windows dies, just use the ghost image to copy C: again.

Advantages, you won't have to reinstall hardly -any- programs because all the info is in the registry, and that gets re-copied in with the image.

The faq method, u have to install all your programs again. //

05-07-2003, 06:40 PM
Sorry, darned emoticons.

Thats C: Z: D: E: labels wize :)

05-07-2003, 07:01 PM
> Advantages, you won't have to reinstall hardly -any- programs because all the info is in the registry, and that gets re-copied in with the image.

That would work if you imaged the C: drive every time you installed a new program, otherwise programs not included in the image will not be registered in the Registry.

05-07-2003, 07:22 PM
Exactly. :)

11-07-2003, 12:20 AM
Thanks for all you advice... PoWa what do you mean by having separate partition for Windows Swap file. What are swap files???

11-07-2003, 04:23 AM
Hi, damn its late - oh well I can't get to sleep.

Have a read of these pages:

Set your swap file (http://pcworld.co.nz/PCWorld/tipworld.nsf/UNID/6AE5B24C93131E0DCC256B47006CD503?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,virtual,memory)

Speed up with partitions (http://pcworld.co.nz/PCWorld/tipworld.nsf/UNID/8F3AEB630B9BA4D8CC256D3C007D2912?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,virtual,memory)

Keep a stable swap file (http://pcworld.co.nz/PCWorld/tipworld.nsf/UNID/F6F040EEA6909F0ECC256BB5000F3B52?OpenDocument&Highlight=2,virtual,memory)

Hopefully after reading those pages you'll be much more educated on the swap file, and will have a faster computer :)

11-07-2003, 11:58 AM
if you are going to do a partition for the swap file then it really should go like this-

1) 500Mb-1Gb partition for windows swap file. z
2) 5gig-10gig Partition for Windows and critical programs. c
3) XXGb partition for programs etc. d
4)XXGb partition for random stuff e
5) XXGb if needed depending on drive size.

11-07-2003, 01:08 PM
Are you saying that the swap file should be at the very very beginning of the drive? And not the OS?

11-07-2003, 01:50 PM
exactly :)

put the swapfile on the fastest part possible. the pc will run much quicker than having the swapfile 5-10Gb's down the disk.