Win XP best way to partition 500GB HD?

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  1. Hediir

    Hediir New Member

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    I have a 500 GB SATA HD, plan to intsall WinXP on it, what is the best way to set up my partitions and how many?

    NTFS? FAT?

    Or is there no difference how.

    Any advice would be appreciated, thanks. :noes:

    EDIT:

    Ok let me rephraze the question: What sizes should the partitions be?

    Is it ok to have such large partitions as 220GB or should they be smaller? Does it affect system performance in a long run?
     
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    new hdd?

    just boot from windows cd. ntfs should be the only option iirc...

    if you want to set up additional partitions for whatever reason...you can use a program such as partition magic and run it within winxp after you have it up and running
     
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    Ok let me rephraze the question: What sizes should the partitions be?

    Is it ok to have such large partitions as 220GB or should they be smaller? Does it affect system performance in a long run?
     
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    hrmmm...

    this article (http://partition.radified.com/partitioning_2.htm) recommends for large drives to partition it to have the OS/apps on the 1st (25-30 gig) partition of the drive, while things like mp3s/etc would be on an second partition.

    more info about partition sizes/purposes/etc within the article. give it a read.
     
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    do you need multiple partitions? if not, do 1. NTFS.
     
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    Yes i want to have my system on one partition, program files on second one, and all downloads on another. I was just curious if having large partitions slows down the system performance in any way.
     
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    Personally I would do two 200GB's partitions and one 100GB partition

    100GB one would be my C drive with the windows install use one to save all my music and videos and shit on and the other as a network drive...

    but that just me.
     
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    alright thanks for help guys.
     
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    Multiple partitions are not going to help you since you still only have 1 spindle. If you have multiple drives, then it's a different story. 1 partition, NTFS.
     
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    No.

    The big advantage is that if you choose to reinstall windows, you can completely destroy the exisiting system partition without worrying about your data. And if you're like me, you can image you system partition and make a restore of your system take all of 5 minutes.
     
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    ntfs without a doubt. 1 partition has it's advantages. otherwise, do 2.
     
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    What advantages?
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    don't have to worry about not enough space on the win partition, or too much wasted. Plus depending on how you have things setup, it can be convenient to have all dir on one root.

    Personally, I prefer 1 partition. Burn your docs to a dvd, or upload to a ftp/net-share, and call it good.
     
  14. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    It won't really accomplish anything. Unless you have data that you absolutely must keep isolated from the OS because it tends to make a mess of the drive (like the audio files my dad records on his rig, which take up almost a gigabyte each), there's no point in making multiple partitions.

    It's especially useless to try to keep the OS and programs separate from each other, because most installers will put shit in the C:\Windows and C:\Program Files folders regardless of where you tell it to install, because some files need to go in those places whether you want them to or not. And if your OS crashes, you'll have to reinstall all your programs anyway, so it won't even save you any recovery time.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I don't agree with the 1st part - having data separate makes it so much easier. But on the 2nd point, I agree - Windows and programs are integrated, there's no reason to split them.
     
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    Keeping executables and data separate makes what easier? I've never seen it do a damn thing, except that I have to switch between drives more often.

    Oh, and then there's the fun chore of getting user profiles to redirect to the "D:\" drive instead of the "C:\" drive. Sure, doing it with the My Documents folder is easy enough, but moving the whole Documents and Settings folder is a royal pain.
     
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    if you re-install windows, you must re-install apps, anyway... so they should be on the same partition.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well for example, on my laptop I have an image file on my second partition (as well as a bootable DVD). If I need to, I can wipe windows in a matter of minutes and be back in the game. Have I lost My Documents? Not in a domain environment I haven't, but if I wasn't, I'd still redirect My Docs to the other drive anyway for this reason. User settings? Don't care about em anyway. I consider the C drive as something that can be erased at any point without giving me too much grief - something that you can't say if it's all on one.
     
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    Make sure your version of XP will recognize 500GB of drive as well. I had XP SP1 and discovered that it only saw 147gb max. Had to use Vista to partition my drive before installing the OS.

    And yes, I have 2 partitions. 100GB for the OS and installed apps, and 400 for movies, music, etc that gets backed up to an external drive as well.
     
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    SP2 sees 500GB just fine.
     
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    Why would you be suing SP1 over sp2?
     
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    i wouldn't sue either SP. Wouldn't get very far in court.
     
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    use & just are 2 words my fingers always get ahead of themselves on
     

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