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    Best/Ideal HD partitioning for a new WinXP Pro installation

    I have always wondered what really gives out the best system performance when it comes to HD partitioning.
    I have 4 Hard Disks in my rig?:

    1TB 32MB Cache 7200RPM
    1TB 32MB Cache 7200RPM
    512GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM
    512GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM

    2 x Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 3Gb/s 1-TB Hard Drive (32MB Cache)

    1 x Barracuda 7200.10 SATA 3.0Gb/s 500-GB Hard (16MB Cache)

    1 x Barracuda 7200.9 SATA 500-GB Hard Drive (16 MB Cache)

    I’m going to do a fresh WinXP Pro installation and I was thinking of dividing the 1TB HD to 3 partitions:
    C: WinXP Pro (20GB), Linux (15GB) (Dual Boot)
    D: Games installation / execution (100GB)
    E: Backup / Downloads (880GB)

    And use the rest 3 HD as they are (Unpartitioned)
    1TB, 512GB & 512GB for Backup / Downloads.

    Or should I use the entire 1TB HD for WinXP, the 2nd HD 512GB for games installation, and the rest: 1TB & 512GB for Linux & Backup / Downloads.

    Any opinions / suggestions will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Best/Ideal HD partitioning for a new WinXP Pro installation

    Suggest you use a small partition on your fastest hd for windows
    Also put the page file on a partition of it's own (preferably on a different drive) to prevent fragmentation and optimize page file performance
    Other than that...

    keep regularly update files separate from your large data files

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