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Windows 7: What is the best Hard disk partition ?

31 Aug 2012   #1

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What is the best Hard disk partition ?

Hi All

I am confused about how much I should keep the partition in my new laptop, the reason is, I feel that disk partition do affects the system speed, I do not know whether I am correct or not.

I have a 700 GB hard disk presently with Win-7 Installed, I do not know how to do the partition when windows is installed, during installation I was unable to do the partition because 'new' button was disable.

I hope there is some way to do the partition after installing win-7. Please help tell the way to do the partition, also tell how many partition is optimum with what size.


regards
Pankaj


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31 Aug 2012   #2

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Hi,

Use Partition Wizard to create/modify partitions. There isn't really an optimal number of partitions - it depends entirely on how you choose to use them. Read this tutorial that explains how you use Partition Wizard:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Regards,
Golden
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31 Aug 2012   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thepankajnegi View Post

I hope there is some way to do the partition after installing win-7. Please help tell the way to do the partition, also tell how many partition is optimum with what size.
There is nothing at all wrong with having a single 700 GB partition on a 700 GB drive.

Some people (me included) might choose to split that up into maybe 100 for C and 600 for some other purpose (typically data), but not for performance reasons. Instead it's done because it can simplify backups, imaging, and Windows reinstallation. But it's hardly a necessity and most people don't do it.

Golden has the right tool for the job if you decide to do it---Partition Wizard.
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31 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64bit
 
 

in my computer i don't partition my harddrive b'coz i use 2 harddrives, one for OS installation and the other for document and data, all apps along with the os installed in drive c and all documents, videos, music and other data in drive d
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31 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thepankajnegi View Post

I hope there is some way to do the partition after installing win-7. Please help tell the way to do the partition, also tell how many partition is optimum with what size.
There is nothing at all wrong with having a single 700 GB partition on a 700 GB drive.

Some people (me included) might choose to split that up into maybe 100 for C and 600 for some other purpose (typically data), but not for performance reasons. Instead it's done because it can simplify backups, imaging, and Windows reinstallation. But it's hardly a necessity and most people don't do it.

Golden has the right tool for the job if you decide to do it---Partition Wizard.

Thanks ignatzatsonic, please suggest some partition for my hard disk, I will generally use it for Games and some multimedia and designing software. If I use a single drive like 400 GB as a primary drive and install all software including windows in it, won't it slow down the processing speed ??




regards
Pankaj
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31 Aug 2012   #6

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Hi,

Try the 100/600 combination ignatz suggested (you can always resize it later if you wish).

Partioning has no effect on processing speed whatsoever.

Regards,
Golden
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31 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

Try the 100/600 combination ignatz suggested (you can always resize it later if you wish).

Partioning has no effect on processing speed whatsoever.

Regards,
Golden
Thank you so much
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31 Aug 2012   #8

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31 Aug 2012   #9

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I also prefer the additional HD option myself as said it has no impact on disk performance. I normally run with 2 internal and one external for backups of both internal drives
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31 Aug 2012   #10
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Before you do any partition splitting, post a picture of your Disk Management. Chances are that you already have 4 primary partitions and you would get into a lot of trouble when you split a partition.
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