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Windows 7: Partitions - Basic Question to get Me Started

01 Nov 2012   #1
Aderes Devorah

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Partitions - Basic Question to get Me Started

Hi all

I am putting W7 on a new SSD and I want to partition the operating system so it stands alone from my other programs.

So, do I just install W7 onto the SSD, and then when it is done partition it using Disk Management?

Or is there a better way?

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01 Nov 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Disk Management should work OK for that.

You could also do it in Diskpart during the installation, but no real advantage to that way.

Any particular reason you are putting programs on a separate partition?
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01 Nov 2012   #3
Aderes Devorah

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Disk Management should work OK for that.

You could also do it in Diskpart during the installation, but no real advantage to that way.

Any particular reason you are putting programs on a separate partition?
Nice one!

Well, I was told by a mate that the OS will run better if it is inside its own partition.

He did say that the difference will be very marginal, but worth it.

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01 Nov 2012   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aderes Devorah View Post

Well, I was told by a mate that the OS will run better if it is inside its own partition.

He did say that the difference will be very marginal, but worth it.
I can't recall seeing any documentation on that, but.....even if it is so, why complicate your installation, partitioning, and backups by something that your friend admits is "very marginal"?

I'd think if it were "very marginal", it isn't likely to outweigh the disadvantages.

The fact is that SSDs are such a major improvement over HDDs that any "very marginal" improvement would be unnoticed. After all, when you notice what an SSD does in general, how could you possibly attribute any of that to the separate partition for programs?

And I'm not sure that any rationale for separate partitions for programs on an HDD would also apply to SSDs since the latter do not have spinning components.
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01 Nov 2012   #5
Britton30
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That's right, no advantage would be had by using a partition on the same drive. On a SSD it may actually impede performance after a time.

I think the best way is to install the OS and programs to the SSD and put you Users and App Data on a separate HDD, spinner.

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01 Nov 2012   #6
FuturDreamz

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If anything it would be bad, because you have to be positive on the partition size otherwise one partition will run out of space and you'd have to readjust.
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01 Nov 2012   #7
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aderes Devorah View Post

Well, I was told by a mate that the OS will run better if it is inside its own partition.

He did say that the difference will be very marginal, but worth it.
I can't recall seeing any documentation on that, but.....even if it is so, why complicate your installation, partitioning, and backups by something that your friend admits is "very marginal"?

I'd think if it were "very marginal", it isn't likely to outweigh the disadvantages.

The fact is that SSDs are such a major improvement over HDDs that any "very marginal" improvement would be unnoticed. After all, when you notice what an SSD does in general, how could you possibly attribute any of that to the separate partition for programs?

And I'm not sure that any rationale for separate partitions for programs on an HDD would also apply to SSDs since the latter do not have spinning components.
Good points well made. I shall take your advice.

Thanks
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01 Nov 2012   #8
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
That's right, no advantage would be had by using a partition on the same drive. On a SSD it may actually impede performance after a time.

I think the best way is to install the OS and programs to the SSD and put you Users and App Data on a separate HDD, spinner.

User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
Thank you as well. I'm sure you're right, and I will go with it.
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01 Nov 2012   #9
Aderes Devorah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
If anything it would be bad, because you have to be positive on the partition size otherwise one partition will run out of space and you'd have to readjust.
Thank you as well. I'm sure you're right, and I will go with it.
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