Basic Partitioning Q

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  1. deadW8

    deadW8 New Member

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    I need help trying to determine the best layout for partitioning my harddrive.

    I have Windows XP Pro and I've read from a lot of different sources that I only need roughly 5 gigs for Windows XP?

    So should I partition my 120gb hdd like so:

    c: Windows XP - 5gb
    d: program files - ?gb
    e: data - ?gb

    How can I move the "My Documents" (also, 'My Videos', 'My Music', etc.)folder onto a different drive so that it works like it's on the c drive (when there's only one partition) -- Need to lock the g/f out from seeing all my porn. :o Plus, I'd just like to keep my things separate and private from others.

    I tried this once before (long long ago) and I remember when I just cut the folders and dropped them onto the other drives, they wouldn't stay as private folders but were public to all users.
     
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    you can change the location of the my documents folder by right clicking on it and going to properties.

    i would keep the program files and xp on the same partition. there's no real advantage of seperating them since if you want to reformat, all your programs will have to be reinstalled anyways. 10-20gigs should be enough for your main drive, but it totally depends on what kind of applications you'll be installing. games generally take up the most space.
     
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    Gaylord Focker:

    Thanks for the advice...

    I might just not partition the drive after all then...I may just keep it as a one whole 120gb partition since I have an external 160gb hdd that I'll use to back up my system.

    My whole thing was, if the OS got corrupted then I didn't want to have to reformat and re-install everything...but if I have to reinstall all my apps as well, then I'll just image the drive using Ghost.

    Thanks for the advice though. :big grin: :thumbsup:

    (Besides, I have another phsyical hdd of 120gb on this system for a decent 240gb. :) )
     

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