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Optimium Partition Size

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by henry1234, Apr 4, 2003.

  1. henry1234

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    About to partition my HD for a clean install of XP with tt1.523 only, nothing else apart from ffdshow and re-clock.

    Is there an optimium size for effeciency?

    A minium recommended size?

    I'm thinking 2gb or there abouts, will the small size cause problems in the future?
     
  2. nathan_silly

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    Windows XP install is about 1.2GB, and you've got the swap file, say 700 MB for a 512MB PC.

    I would say set to 3GB, and create drive D: for apps/games etc.
     
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    I set my XP partition to 5 Gb and keep having to remove loads of stuff from c:\ (My Documents etc), so my advice would be to make the partition bigger...

    Have had XP for 3 months, and the size is currently 3.24 Gb, and I haven't gone mad installing stuff !
     
  4. mephistopheles

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    I'd go for 5GB.
     
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    You should definitely create at least one other partition for your data, stuff like My Documents should in no circumstances be left on the same logical drive as the OS!
     
  6. petrolhead

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    Good advice and go for a 5gig. Gives you enough space for any progs. BTW put the swap file on a different partition to the OS
     
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    I built a new XP PC last yr with new 40 GB HDD split to 10 (O.S.) and 30 (data, photos...)
    Very soon had to start installing software onto the sec. partition, and then moving stuff to the secondary HDD (30GB still running the old Win 98 OS + software + date... mess !)

    Now starting to capture video I need to re-think the whole and will install / setup a new disk and then use it in the HTPC I'm gonna build soon...

    so.. 10 GB wasn't enough... enough you really ARE only gonna use for the OS and a few other bits of software
     
  8. petrolhead

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    10 gig was a lot for OS and prog files. Even my work PC which has many progs on it only uses 4gig.

    Were you installing games on it. Again if I was a games player I would create a games partition
     
  9. Branxx

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    Partitioning is outdated concept. Format entire drive as NTFS and create subdirectories or attach/map additional drives as subdirectories.

    Your life would be simpler.
     
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    And for people with laptops?

    I can easily wipe my Windows 2000 operating system parition (3GB) and have my 17GB partition (20GB hard disc) for data/apps etc.
     
  11. petrolhead

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    Disagree, as Nathan has pointed out.

    Having one large 60gig drive can cause its own problems.

    The main advantage of Partitioning drives is that your data is kept separate from you operating system and program files so if they go tits up your data is safe
     
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    Sorry Branx,

    Another disagreement here!

    Unless, of course, you can format the entire drive as NTFS, and put the OS within a subdirectory which can be reinstalled at any time?

    The whole idea of partitioning is so that you can have the OS separate from the rest of you applications, games etc.

    This is so that at any stage you can reinstall the OS, or the games, without disturbing the other partition!

    Anyway, back to the original question, I reformatted and partitioned last night, and set my XP partition to 5Gb, anfd my games/apps partition to 35Gb.
     
  13. petrolhead

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    Lets not aslo forget an other benifit. If you use Ghost (Great prog) then you have to Ghost either to an other hard drive, Partition or writable CD
     
  14. Branxx

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    If, as suggested, 2nd partition is used to hold the games and other applications, these data can be easily replicated in an event of disc failure.

    If the disk fails that both partitions become unusable. I generally use 40GB drives as system drive and move the non-replicable data to separate drives.

    Considering that disk prices are now approx £0.90/GB I would suggest at least 20GB partitions for the system area (if partitioning is really necessary).
     
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    Partitioning sizes wouldn't be a problem if windows wasn't such a bag of sh**e
     
  16. MRW

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    Hmmm, good point.

    Buy another hard-drive instead of partitioning anything!
     
  17. gab2001uk

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    A completely opposite direction to follow is multi-partitioning to allow multiple OS 's to run, using HyperOS from http://www.hyperos2002.com The huge advantage of this is when (not if) your Windows installation gives up the ghost, you delete it and copy over the raw fully working version in 3 mins flat.

    It also allows you to use different hardware/software combinationseg;
    Pinnacle studio v 7 on one OS allows use of TMPGenc to process AVI files, but wont work when Studio 8 is installed, so switch to a different OS.

    It does not multi-boot, you just switch OS's and they boot normally.
    As can be seen in the image below:
    http://www.gab2001uk.com/images/hyperos.jpg
    The partition size used for Win98 is ok at 2G, but is too small for 2000 and XP, even with the hyberfile.sys removed (hibernate disabled), common pagefile for all OS, and all program files stored in a shared directory. C: is also too small at 6GB as there is not a great deal of software installed at present.

    I would suggest 15 to 20 GB min for C:, and 4G for Win 2K/XP partitions.

    edited to post link to image, rather than image itself
     
  18. Sinzer

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    Quicker to defrag and scandisk with partitions too.
     

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