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    New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    I am just about to purchase a new Hard drive, probably a WD 320gig one (Don't need a bigger drive.) and was wondering if i should partition approx 30gig for the OS (Windows 7). Would this be a sensible move?

    I usually just stick the OS on a new drive and thats that but my mate said that i should section part of the new hard drive for the OS. What should i do?

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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    I pretty much always partition a section of the HD off for Windows. Normally 10-15% of the total size. Mainly because if I ever need to format the drive to do a clean Windows install or if I need to back-up the drive it's easier to do to a small partition compared to a full 320GB HD. It should be noted that I do not keep "My Documents" on my boot partition (or even drive) and do not install any programs into \\Program Files\ on the boot drive.


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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    I would partition a section on the outer edge of the drive. I would go for about 80GB, if you want to make sure all your apps are stored on it, my drive with 30GB isnt enough to contain all my apps, let alone games on my system drive.

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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    I usually partition a windows based system into three, one for OS, one for apps and one for user data.
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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    need? what does need have to do with it?

    i installed win7 RC yesterday, with updates and a few progs it's using ~ 15gig

    if you're installing win7 to "play" then just use the entired drive. i'm using a "spare" 1tb drive. i have unplugged all my "normal" hard drives. at some point i will reformat and use "properly"

    for future reference, I typically have a 100gig boot partition
    as others have said
    keep all YOUR data on another partition and/or another drive
    Then, if it becomes necessary to re-format the windows parition your data is safe
    clearly if the drive goes toast you're

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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    Similar question - are there any guides on creating partitions on the outer edges of a disk ? I wouldn't know how to ensure that the partition is setup on a particular part of the disk.
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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    On a hard disk partitions are created from the outside first.
    I.e. the first partition is the fastest.

    This is the opposite to CD/DVDs, where data is written from the centre (slowest) part first.

    There's no special technique for creating a partition on a particular area,
    just use your normal method, and install to the the first partition (the fastest).

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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikerr View Post
    On a hard disk partitions are created from the outside first.
    I.e. the first partition is the fastest.

    This is the opposite to CD/DVDs, where data is written from the centre (slowest) part first.

    There's no special technique for creating a partition on a particular area,
    just use your normal method, and install to the the first partition (the fastest).
    Partially true. You can (by manually editing the partition table(s), or using specialist software to do it) set up partitions to access any part of the disc that you like in any order you like. However it usually isn't worth the effort!

    The assumption is that disks start writing at the outside and that that part is the fastest, however there is no reason why a particular disk mfr HAS to obey that convention, and there are other factors - some sectors may be mapped out of an outside track at mfr because they are faulty, and others may be mapped out while the disk is in service if sectors become unreliable.

    There are some that say that writing the OS partition first makes a noticeable difference. If it is a new disk and you can partition itin that way, you have nothing to lose, but don't expect anything dramatic - if you do, it's a bonus.
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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    Will the OS run faster if on a separate partition?

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    Re: New drive. Should i partition a section for the OS?

    Quote Originally Posted by iglepiggle View Post
    Will the OS run faster if on a separate partition?
    not necessarily

    but if personal data on the os partition becomes fragmented it may very well slow down the os

    the main reason to partition off the os isn't primarily for speed, it's for convenience (os doesn't need a 1tb drive) and data security (no major problem needing to format the os partition if the fit hits the shan)

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