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    To Partition or not?

    Got a new 160GB hard drive on the way and i have tried partitioned setups and non partitioned setups before and found no real performance differences

    So does partitioning improve/decrease performance?

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    i dont think so
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    Partitioning helps defragging.

    Smaller partitions take less time to defrag, and if you use each partition for different roles then some will need defraging more than others.
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    but if yo umake a partition for xp and you progrmas the a virus is unlikely to attack your personal files
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    If you create a 10 Gig Xp partition you can then re-install Xp without worrying about losing all your apps at the same time, if you export the reg keys for most important stuff like office, doom 3 etc you can do a quick re-install of them, to add the dll files back, and then add the reg key and be back to normal without losing your settings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olly1234
    If you create a 10 Gig Xp partition you can then re-install Xp without worrying about losing all your apps at the same time, if you export the reg keys for most important stuff like office, doom 3 etc you can do a quick re-install of them, to add the dll files back, and then add the reg key and be back to normal without losing your settings


    hmmmmm can u please explain in more detail??
    i usually separate my windows+programs from my games folders [on other partitions], i figured that if u only format the windows partition the next time u install windows the games wont work so smoothly... so i normally start from fresh...

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    well you would have to copy your registry and then put it back on the new installation, but just reinstall it all
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    Yep thats what I mean, you still have to re-install the game/app but if you have exported your HKCU/HKLM reg key for the software you can then re-apply this post install and all your settings are back to exactly how they were before, nothing worse than having to setup everything each time.

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    Also you need to modify the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\"ProgramFilesDir"="X:\\Program Files" (Where x is your prefered partition for installing everything apart from XP) so as it any program install you run will default to x:\Program Files
    Last edited by Olly1234; 16-01-2005 at 02:50 PM.

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    Not to keen on the idea of copying the registry etc. Thought this was what made the need for a reinstall - a messed up registry

    So if i had 5GB for Windows and 155GB for Programs/files would there be a difference except defragmenting and the option of reinstalling windows and copying resgistry etc which i dont like the sound of?

    No performance gains?

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    Well the thing is your not copying the whole reg, like system state backup does, just the individual keys for each program. Your still re-installing XP a-fresh so that part is taken care of. And because your re-installing the games/apps your still adding the fresh dll's to the system32 folder. The reason Xp generally becomes slow is that it gets bloated with old reg keys and old/corrupt dll's which are still all wiped on a fresh install.

    I'd make the xp part 10gb though as I found 5 a touch too small if you use system restore points.

    If you have two seperate drives and you put you Xp on one and your page file on the other it's quicker (as long as they are on seperate IDE channels, with no optical devices sharing them) Yes you will get a speed boost as it can access programs from one drive and write to page on other simultaniously. Even if you have a gig of ram page file still gets used by XP
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    Still not convinced. Not that familiar with the registry really, only go in there and delete some keys from programs i dont have anymore every month or so and i know its not something to play around with

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    I partition to have a dual windows setup whereby i use one for work and one for gaming. This means i can have the gaming OS stripped down with the bare minimum i need and tweaks enabled etc. for faster performance.

    I'd say yes to partitioning

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    I can see your point, but it really is not as bad as it looks. Take something like Paint shop pro. It hasn't got masses of settings but still it takes a while to set back up after install. All I'd do is go into regedit > HKCU > Software > Highlight Jasc goto File and click export. That then writes the xxx.reg file. Do you fresh install of XP and then re-install PSP, run the xxx.reg and all your settings are restored

    Obviously you wouldn't fdo this for XP itself as generally the reson you re-installing is that somthing is badly wrong and this would just bring it back

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    bit of a nub question but how do u make particions on ur hdd?
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    Well you can do it during install of XP or if your not up for re-install get yourself something like partition magic which is very good.

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    Can be done during the xp install or using a program like partition magic

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