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Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2001 - 10:58 am:   

Can someone recommend the best way to partition a 40 gig HDD. I know I'm suppose to break it into several smaller sizes but I'm not sure how much to allow each partition or what parts of win98 os should go into each partition. It will be for general use, win98 only and to store family pics and files.
Posted on Monday, July 2, 2001 - 10:06 pm:   

I suggest you to partition it into three parts; 2 ten GB and one 20 GB. The 10 GB can be used for the OS(Windows), anotehr 10 GB is for another OS (If you prefer more than one OS in your PC) and the last partition is for files.
Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2001 - 10:27 am:   

Performance wise, it doesn't make as much difference as it once did. In that "once did" time period, many of us became creatures of habit and old habits die hard.

I would definitely set up a separate partition for the swap file and only the swap file. Leave some extra room for it to breathe and work efficiently. A "full" drive or partition will bog you down big time.

Beyond that, it becomes a thing of preference and organization. For example, I have:

C: System

D: SCSI (a separate hard drive for easy backup, backups and NOT a SCSI drive, but it was when the habit started...)

E: Work (productive apps only)

F: Internet

G: Graphics

H: Files (actually my swap file drive and a few files that aren't rarely accessed)

On C: I have the OS and all system related utilities. Ideally, one of these days when I break down and succumb to change, the utilities should be on a partition of their own. Many of them are working all of the time (anti virus, Zone Alarm, etc.) just like the OS, so giving them their own space, less confusion, makes sense.

Just make sure you allow plenty of room on the C: drive for the Windows to bloat, like the hog it is.

Hope this gives you an idea of what you want. Just make it organized and productive for yourself.
White Onyx
Posted on Thursday, March 20, 2003 - 1:11 pm:   

"The default cluster size increases from 4kb to 8kb for partitions that exceed 8GB. For maximum space utilization, make your partitions no larger than 8GB. In general you want *smaller* clusters for the partition(s) where you'll store/load your operating system (Windows), which is full of many small files (less than 1KB).

You want *larger* cluster sizes for partitions that will be used to archive large media files, such as MP3s, video, and graphics. So, if you want to create a partition that is roughly 8 gigs to be used to store your MP3s, you'd do better to make it 8.1GB, rather than 7.9GB. This would increase the cluster size.

The default cluster size increases from 8kb to 16kb for partitions that exceed 16GB. The default cluster size jumps again for partitions that exceed 32GBs."


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