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    New Build

    Right have just finished my first build and basically now have a few options of wat to do wth the hard drive, etc. basically would u reccomend partioining the hard drive, if so into how many sections etc. also iu have a tv out on my gfx card, could i use a tv as a monitor or should i buy a monitor?
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    Asus A7v8x
    AMD Athlon XP 1600+
    2x 256mb crucial pc2700
    raedon 9000 128mb
    350w psu
    dvd rom drive
    48x24x48x cdrw

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    i usually partition a 5 gig c drive so incase i ever need to reinstall i have all my data still on my d drive, which i think is a must

    i also think you will need a monitor to setup windows and also i think you need a monitor to configure your tv-out correct me if i am wwrong

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    • Howard's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus P5B
      • CPU:
      • Core2Duo E6420 2.13GHz
      • Memory:
      • 2x1gb OCZ DDR2 6400
      • Storage:
      • 250GB & 500GB Seagate
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      • Inno3d iChill 7900GS
      • PSU:
      • Antec SmartPower 500W
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      • Coolermaster Elite 330
      • Monitor(s):
      • 2x AG Neovo F419
      • Internet:
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    Nice little set up you've got there. Good motherboard choice, for upgrading other components in the future, I see.

    What hard drive have you got?
    My 60GB drive is partitioned into 50 for installing stuff, Windows, etc, and 10 for media, and backing up when formatting.

    I'd recommend you did the same.
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    If you only have 1HDD then always always always partition it so you can keep all your data, patches, downloads etc on one partition and run the OS etc in the other one so if you have to re-install OS you dont lose owt.


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    I know I'm in the minority here but numerous drive letters really 'p' me off and often get in the way far more than they actually help. It can often be hard to decide what sizes to go for and resizing even with top sw always carries an inherent risk. In these days of super cheap CDRs and drives it makes sense to backup, heck HDs are so incredibly cheap it makes sense to have one you plug in from time to time for backups. Most important is file system. FAT32 shouldn't really be used with partns bigger than 32GB and even then it is incredibly wasteful, try to stick close to the point just before the cluster size doubles which are 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB IIRC. Switching to NTFS is well worth it, esp with these large HDs but you lose the ability to use multiple OS' ... again a 2nd HD perhaps?

    TVs are incredibly awful as monitors, if you plan to use mostly video and music purposes then TV will suffice but trying to read or work on even the best TV sets is awul compared to the cheapest monitors, to a degree gaming too. You may also find the gfx cards and their sw like to operate with a monitor which may also cause some problems if you're TV only. 15" LCD have really come down in proce and would make a discrete backup unit should you need/want it. 17" CRTs are bulky but only £100 new, 19" cost very little more but add even more bulk. Perhaps a 2nd hand 15" in a cupboard somewhere may do so you can call on it if you need to. Is this system your only one?

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    hi, thanx for all the replys, Austin i also have a 750mhz duron, used mainly for word processing. could any 1 point me in the direction of a program or tutorial to help me partition, think i am gettin a 10 gig 1 off a m8 for free so cant realy winge, is it still worth partioning on such a small drive? thanx for the help re a monitor, i already have a 17" so will be able to config computer on that etc. its just that 1s on anuva computer and cant be fussed changin leads everytime. also why are monitors so cheap on ebay? i see 15" goin for £10 etc. is there summat up with them?

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    Ebay's too close to gambling in my book, you take your chance and sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.

    As for the HD, the problem with a 10GB HD is it is wasteful to use FAT32 on it unless you break it up to 2+8GB or 4+6GB for example. If you use Win2000/XP then NTFS would help (if you don't worry about accessing from other OS) but NTFS is most beneficial for HDs > 32GB. Certainly no need to partition anyway, mostly just personal preference, it's just that 1x10GB partn is a little wasteful if you use FAT32.

    Best sw is Partition Magic, there may be a good free alternative. You could do a fresh install on the 10GB HD after setting up the partns you want and then copy your personal files from your old HD, that would save hassle resizing etc.

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