December 22, 2008 at 1:51 pm #28416MitzKeymaster
How do you partition your hard drive?
You can partition your hard drive when installing your operating system or at any time if you are using Windows seven or higher. You can also use a partition manager software to split the drive into partitions even if there are files already on it.
Benefits of partitioning a hard drive
1. You can keep files on a separate partition and leave your Operating system by itself to perform freely.
2. You can format your partition with the operating system on it at any time, without touching or changing the other partition.
3. You can use a partition for a backup.
4. You can keep your computer running fast if you don’t store too much on the main drive.
I setup one of my computers with three partitions to start with. C: drive is the main hard drive, F: is for sharing, G: is for backup.
So now anything that is important enough automatically gets saved into the backup hard drive, anything I want to share between computers is on the sharing hard drive, and nothing should be on the C: drive because if it isn’t worth backing up then it must be deleted.
How do you partition your hard drive to make backup and file storage easy?December 23, 2008 at 12:44 pm #30549BearParticipant
C is Windows operating system only
D Is Program files only
E Is for all downloads anti virus set to auto scan that drive
Two 500 gig usb drives for storage
80 gig drive set to two partitions
75 gig set to /December 23, 2008 at 4:28 pm #30550MitzKeymaster
If using a single 500G hard drive, I’d have a C and D partition, windows and data.
** 50G for windows to allow plenty of room for programs, and the remaining 450G for data.
I keep a backup disc with all of my favourite programs and activation codes on it, and I try to make a disc with latest versions of my data including my documents, music and pictures at least fortnightly.
Of course keeping windows separate from data means reinstalling windows is easy without hurting your data and I consider that and my regular backups as sufficient security. If a hard drive crashes completely then I still have most of what I need on DVD.
Example where partitions are not needed:
On my other computer I’m currently using 5 hard drives, one 75G Raptor installed with PCLinuxOS, and 4x 320G Samsung drives.
The Samsung drives are all identical, and are set up as a RAID0+1 array, running XP Pro, which gives me a fast 600G virtual drive using 2 disks and an exact copy of that virtual drive with the other 2 disks.
I dual boot into either Linux or Windows depending on my needs at the time. My Linux drive has 5G swap partition and remaining space is /, and the windows drive is a single large partition. As I have a mirrored copy of the whole windows installation, I no longer see the need for a data partition in this instance, and my Linux installation is actually using the windows drives as a data reservoir, so I would lose nothing important if the Linux drive crashed either.
I’m lucky to have an Intel Q9550 Quad core with 4G RAM, and this nice clean drive setup is reliable, secure and blindingly fast in this system.
Mitz from Tips4pcMarch 20, 2009 at 3:16 am #30551Merlin33069Participant
Currently i have my 500 GB hard drive only, and a backup my files on my flash drive using the company imaging software500 gig is split into four parts...OS for the os and drivers and whatnotData for dataMisc for anything elseSwap 15 gigs of page file :OJanuary 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm #30552247timeParticipant
Currently i am using only 80 GB only, I using C: for XP and D: for Vista and E: for personal files and backups, and finally F: for Games.November 12, 2012 at 8:52 am #30555Nyle RemeParticipant
This process is generally carried out while installation of windows in PC.During this process computer ask to user whether he want to partition available space in hard disk or not. Through thsi you cab get this task done.
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